By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Expect more rains in most parts of the country in the next few days as the low pressure area (LPA) off the Philippine Sea has already entered the country’s area of responsibility around Sunday afternoon.
In a radio interview, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Rey Ordinario said the LPA was last spotted 980 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar around 3 p.m. Sunday.
The LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms especially in the afternoon or evening.
PAGASA warned that sudden rains due to severe thunderstorm activity, which may occur in the afternoon or evening, may cause flash floods or landslides in low-lying or mountainous areas.
The potential cyclone is also expected to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” that may bring more rains over a large portion of the country, particularly Luzon, in the coming days.
PAGASA weather specialist Gener Quitlong said the LPA is seen to intensify into a tropical depression on Tuesday, and will be given the local name “Falcon.”
So far, the brewing cyclone is less likely to make landfall over any part of the Philippines, but PAGASA continues to monitor developments as regards this weather disturbance, he added.
The habagat rains could help in the recovery of the dwindling water level at Angat Dam, which is situated in Bulacan.
As of Sunday morning, Angat Dam’s water level was 159.15 meters, further down from 159.45 meters last Saturday.
The low-level outlet of Angat Dam is being utilized since the water reservoir reached its 160-meter critical level last July 11.
Meanwhile, the water level at La Mesa Dam in Quezon City continues to increase at 72.26 meters on Sunday, up from 72.16 meters last Saturday.
However, both the major water sources of Metro Manila remain below their normal level at 180 meters for Angat Dam, and 80.15 meters for La Mesa Dam.