Rains to continue in Mindanao due to LPA

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MANILA -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Tuesday said that light to moderate rains will continue in some parts of Mindanao because of the presence of a low pressure area (LPA) inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

In an interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4:00 a.m. Tuesday the LPA was spotted some 530 kilometers (km) east of General Santos City (5.7ºN, 130.0ºE).

Aurelio said the LPA has slim chance to intensify into a tropical depression and expected to dissipate in the next 48 hours due to cold winds of the northeast monsoon.

In case the LPA intensifies into a tropical depression, he said it will be named "Caloy," the third cyclone to affect the country this year.

Aurelio said although the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone, its extended clouds is projected to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains over the regions of Caraga and Davao.

He added the rest of Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Pagasa MTSAT of the low pressure area over Mindanao (10:01 a.m., March 11, 2014)

Meanwhile, Aurelio said most parts of the country will continue to enjoy relatively good weather.

He said that except for the northern section of Luzon, the rest of the country including Metro Manila will remain to have sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible occurrence of isolated light rains.

Aurelio explained that the northeast monsoon will be the weather system that will bring isolated showers in Visayas and the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila.

On the other hand, he said the regions of Cordillera and Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light rains.

In its advisory, Pagasa said that moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon, Visayas and Eastern Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas.

The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon, will affect the seaboards of northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and southern Luzon, of Visayas and of Mindanao.

"Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it warned. (PNA)

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