By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The low pressure area (LPA) off the Pacific coast is expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone in the next few days.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said the LPA will likely enter the country’s area of responsibility this Wednesday.
The LPA has a high probability of developing into a tropical cyclone in the coming days, he added. The next cyclone will be named “Marilyn.”
The trough or advancing clouds of the LPA may bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Davao Region.
Meanwhile, another LPA has formed at 580 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes. It has a minimal chance of becoming a tropical cyclone and may leave the PAR Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
PAGASA said the southwest monsoon or “habagat” will be the prevailing weather system over Luzon.
The habagat will likely bring moderate to heavy monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Central Luzon, while light to moderate with at times heavy rains during severe thunderstorms will affect Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Cagayan Valley.
Residents in these areas were advised to take extra precaution against possible flash floods in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas.
The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
PAGASA has already lifted the gale warning thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail.
However, Ordinario advised those with small vessels to take precautionary measures during severe thunderstorms as rough seas may still be observed.