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LPA brings rain over S. Luzon, Visayas but won’t develop into cyclone – Pagasa

/ 07:24 PM January 19, 2021

LPA brings rain over S. Luzon, Visayas but won't develop into cyclone – Pagasa

MANILA, Philippines — The low-pressure area (LPA) located between Southern Luzon and Visayas is expected to bring overcast skies and rain in the region but the state weather bureau said it would not develop into a tropical cyclone.

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Forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Tuesday afternoon showed the LPA was last seen 65 kilometers east southeast of Masbate City.

It was moving between the southern parts of Bicol Region and Panay Island and would likely go towards Mimaropa until Wednesday morning.

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Pagasa said residents in Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Quezon Province will experience moderate to heavy with at times intense rains — which may cause flash floods and landslides.

However, it noted that even if it hits land areas affected by the northeast monsoon or amihan, the chance of the LPA intensifying into a tropical depression remains low. State meteorologists also said they are still monitoring other cloud clusters east of the country which may turn into an LPA in the coming days.

On the other hand, other parts of the country, especially Western Visayas and the northern parts of Mindanao, may also experience rain although not as strong as those in areas near the LPA.

For Luzon, including Metro Manila, cloudy skies with light rain may still prevail because of the northeast monsoon, Pagasa noted.

Colder climate may still be expected on Wednesday due to the weather systems mentioned, according to Pagasa, with Metro Manila temperatures ranging from 23 to 28 degrees Celsius while 21 to 26 degrees Celsius are likely in Tuguegarao, 14 to 23 degrees Celsius in Baguio City, 20 to 26 degrees Celsius in Tagaytay, and 24 to 28 degrees Celsius in Legazpi.

But it would be relatively warmer in Laoag at 23 to 32 degrees Celsius, and in Puerto Princesa at 24 to 30 degrees Celsius, Pagasa said.

In Visayas, Tacloban would be colder at 24 to 28 degrees Celsius compared to Cebu and Iloilo which may have temperatures at around 25 to 30 degrees Celsius.  Warmer weather would also prevail in Mindanao as Davao may feel it between 24 and 31 degrees Celsius, Zamboanga at 24 to 32 degrees Celsius, and Cagayan de Oro at 23 to 30 degrees Celsius.

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Meanwhile, gale warnings are still raised over Northern Luzon including Batanes and Babuyan Islands, the entire eastern coastline of Luzon as well as northern and eastern coastlines of Eastern Visayas; and the coastal area of Ilocos Region and Palawan for the western side.

This was because waves in these areas may reach as high as 2.8 meters to 5.0 meters, Pagasa said, advising fisherfolk and sea transport operators using small boats to exercise caution due to rough seas.

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