LPA to affect large portion of PH; cloudy skies, rain likely this weekend – Pagasa
MANILA, Philippines — The low-pressure area (LPA) spotted on the west side of the Philippines was forecast to affect a broad portion of the country – from certain areas of Southern Luzon to the Visayas as well as Mindanao – this weekend.
According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration’s (Pagasa) bulletin on Friday afternoon, the LPA, which is not expected to intensify as a tropical cyclone, was last seen 100 kilometers west-southwest of Zamboanga City and could likely affect Western and Northern Mindanao as well as Central and Western Visayas on Saturday as its trough, along with cloud bands, could cover areas in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and the Bicol Region.
State meteorologists, meanwhile, said the northeast monsoon or amihan would still prevail over northern parts of Luzon and could possibly bring light and occasional rain over Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands.
The rest of the country, however, will have fair weather conditions save for isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms like what was experienced in the eastern portion of Metro Manila late Friday afternoon.
Temperatures, on the other hand, may go low in areas affected by the LPA. In Legazpi, climate may reach 23 to 28 degrees Celsius; Tagaytay, 21 to 28 degrees Celsius; and Puerto Princesa, 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, according to Pagasa. Metro Manila will have it at 23 to 31 degrees Celsius; Tuguegarao, 21 to 30 degrees Celsius, and Laoag, 22 to 32 degrees Celsius, it also said.
The same scenario may be expected for Visayas and Mindanao, where precipitation is probable tomorrow, Saturday, Pagasa noted, adding that temperatures in Iloilo and Cebu will hit 24 to 29 degrees Celsius; Tacloban and Zamboanga, 23 to 29 degrees Celsius; Cagayan de Oro, 22 to 29 degrees Celsius; and Davao, 23 to 33 degrees Celsius.
Pagasa said no gale warning is hoisted across the country for now, which means fisherfolk can freely set out to sea.
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