LPA, ‘habagat’ combine to bring rains in Luzon including Metro Manila

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MT Satellite image September 16, 2013, Monday, 7:32AM. Screengrab from http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/

MANILA, Philippines—A low pressure area off Aurora has combined with the southwest monsoon (habagat) to bring rains to parts of Luzon, according to the state weather bureau.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said early Monday that the LPA was spotted 750 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, even as the southwest monsoon is affecting southern Luzon and the Visayas.

Should the LPA intensify into a cyclone it will be called “Odette.”

Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Central Luzon and the province of Mindoro will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, Pagasa said.

Meanwhile, the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Pagasa said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the western sections of Central and southern Luzon. Consequently, the coastal waters in these areas will be moderate to rough.

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