MANILA, Philippines – A low-pressure area shifted to Cagayan while the southwest monsoon continued to affect the western section Luzon Thursday afternoon, the state weather bureau said.
“Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan group of islands will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides,” the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.
The low-pressure area was last observed 40 kilometers west of Calayan Island in Cagayan.
Fernando Cada, weather forecaster, told INQUIRER.net that the LPA is on its way out of the Philippines, but might merge with tropical storm Jolina (international name Jedia), which is already outside the Philippine area of responsibility and is heading towards Vietnam. It will still enhance the southwest monsoon.
A cloud cluster, which could develop into a low pressure area, was also seen over east of Mindanao, Cada said, adding that the said area is a breeding ground for LPAs.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Western Visayas and Caraga region will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over the western section of Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be moderate to occasionally strong coming from the south with moderate to occasionally rough seas.