Pagasa: Light to moderate rains in Visayas due to LPA

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MANILA -- People in the Visayas should expect light to moderate rainshowers over the island in the next 24 hours due to wind convergence and low pressure area (LPA) in east of Mindanao, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecaster Gladys Saludes said that as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the LPA was spotted at 146 kilometers southeast of General Santos City and is expected to traverse over Southern Mindanao by Wednesday.

She said the LPA has slim chance to intensify into tropical depression and expected to dissipate due to cold winds of northeast monsoon.

But in case it intensifies into a tropical depression, Saludes said it will be named "Caloy," the third cyclone to affect the country this year.

Saludes said due to LPA and wind convergence, cloudy skies with light to moderate rains will be experienced over parts of Visayas, while Mindanao will have gradual weather improvement and expected to be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

In another interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Alvin Pura said Luzon, including Metro Manila, will still have generally good weather condition for the next two days.

He said only partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible passing light rains will be experienced in these areas due to the effect of the “weak” northeast monsoon or hanging amihan.

Pura noted that the cold northeast monsoon coming from Siberia will continue to weaken.

“Patuloy pa rin itong (northeast monsoon) humihina at posibleng mawala an ito around third week (of March),” he said.

Pura said Pagasa has yet to declare the start of summer in the country as the northeast monsoon still prevails over Luzon.

He noted that termination of the northeast monsoon and with the easterlies replacing it as the dominant weather system in the country signals the start of the dry or summer season in the country.

Last year, Pagasa declared the onset of summer on March 18. (PNA/Sunnex)

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