LPA unlikely to intensify

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

MANILA -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) said on Wednesday that the low pressure area (LPA) over east of Mindanao is not expected to intensify into a tropical depression.

In an interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the LPA has slim chance to become a cyclone and is projected to dissipate within the day or Thursday. However, due to the wind convergence and the LPA’s cloud bands, most areas of Mindanao and Visayas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, he said.

He said that once the weather disturbance dissipates, gradual improvement of weather condition is expected over Mindanao and Visayas.

(Photo Courtesy: Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa)

Loiz said that as of 4:00 a.m., the weather disturbance was spotted some 230 kilometers (km) west southwest of General Santos City.

Loiz said Luzon, including Metro Manila, will still have generally good weather condition.

He said 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."

He added the northeast monsoon coming from Siberia still continues to weaken.

Pagasa said that Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the regions of Cordillera and Cagayan Valley and the Provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light rains.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains while the rest of Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

The weather bureau added that moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the east to northeast over 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," Pagasa said.

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

He added that termination of the northeast monsoon and onset of the easterlies 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)

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