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LPA brewing east of PH—Pagasa


02:44 PM March 20th, 2013

By: DJ Yap, March 20th, 2013 02:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines—Two days after the state weather bureau announced that summer is officially here, it observed on Wednesday a low pressure area developing east of the country which might bring rains over the eastern parts of Visayas and Mindanao in the next few days.

As of noon Wednesday, the LPA was already within the Philippine area of responsibility, less than 1,000 kilometers east of Mindanao, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administrations.

By Wednesday evening, it will have approached closer, bringing light to moderate rains over the eastern Visayas and eastern Mindanao, particularly the Caraga region, Pagasa forecaster Alvin Pura said.

He said there was only a small chance the LPA would turn into a storm. But if it does, it will be named “Dante,” he added.

By Friday, Pura said the LPA would likely cross to Western Visayas, bringing localized thunderstorms over that region and parts of Mindanao. It may also bring scattered rains over Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, he added.

But Pagasa predicted that weather would be generally fair in Metro Manila and the rest of the country except for isolated thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the east to southeast will prevail over northern Luzon and coming from the east to northeast over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate, Pagasa said.

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