By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
The cluster of clouds observed east of Mindanao is expected to become a low pressure area and enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) over the weekend, the weather state bureau said.
During the 5 p.m. weather update of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, weather specialist Samuel Duran said weather disturbance brewing outside PAR is expected to become an LPA tomorrow, December 30, or New Year’s eve, December 31.
In the latest weather forecast, it has a 50 percent possibility of developing into a Tropical Depression on the first day of January, Monday and will be named “Agaton.”
Should it enter the PAR this weekend, the weather disturbance will possibly make a landfall over Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao area between Monday afternoon to Tuesday early morning as LPA or tropical depression.
Duran warned the public that heavy to occasionally intense rains will pour over Mindanao as the LPA or TD enters PAR and make its landfall.
Meanwhile, a tail-end of a cold front affecting the eastern section of Southern Luzon and of Visayas and a northeast monsoon on Northern and Central Luzon will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers also this weekend.
In the weather bulletin released this afternoon, regions of Visayas and Bicol will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms caused by a tail-end of a cold front.
PAGASA said the possibility of flash floods or landslides is due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.
Meanwhile, northeast monsoon will bring cloudy skies with scattered rains to provinces of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Aurora and Quezon.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains will prevail over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, and the rest of Central Luzon and of Region 4-A (CALABARZON) also because of a northeast monsoon.
Weather condition in the regions of MIMAROPA and Mindanao is expected to be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers because of localized thunderstorms that may cause possible flash floods or landslides due to isolated light to moderate to at times heavy rains.
Due to the tail-end of a cold front, PAGASA as of 12 noon today, also raised an “orange” rainfall warning in Albay which means flooding is threatening in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas.
A “yellow” warning level was also raised in Catanduanes, or flooding is possible in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas.
Due to northeast monsoon, strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and eastern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon which includes Batanes, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela and Aurora.
PAGASA said it may also possibly affect the eastern and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon, and the eastern seaboard of Visayas (Camarines provinces, Catanduanes, eastern coast of Albay, eastern coast of Sorsogon, eastern coast of Quezon including Polilio Island, Mindoro Oriental, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar).
With this gale warning, PAGASA advised fishing boats and other small seacraft not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.