by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The low pressure area (LPA) east of the Philippines has developed into a tropical depression Sunday afternoon, but will no longer affect the country as it was already outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), according to the state weather bureau.
As of Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the tropical depression at 415 kilometers east of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.
It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kilometers per hour (kph).
It is forecast to move farther away from the country at 13 kph north-northwest.
The weather disturbance is already outside the area of responsibility and has no direct effect over any part of the country.
The ridge of high pressure area, an anti-cyclone weather system is expected to prevail over Visayas today.
PAGASA said cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms are expected over Pangasinan, Zambales, and Bataan.