By Marjaleen Ramos and Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
Two low pressure areas (LPA) monitored within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) will bring rains in some parts of Luzon and Visayas Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported.
As of 5 p.m., one of two low pressure areas (LPAs) inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) has developed into tropical depression “Nimfa” on Tuesday afternoon.
PAGASA said Nimfa is almost stationary at 640 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 70 kph.
Nimfa is the fourth tropical cyclone to enter or form inside the PAR this month.
In the next 24 hours, the cyclone will bring light to moderate rains and isolated heavy rain showers during thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.
PAGASA said this LPA and the southwest monsoon or “habagat” will bring frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over Central Luzon, Batangas, and Occidental Mindoro.
Meanwhile, PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the tropical storm with international name “Peipah” off the Pacific Ocean or outside the has been downgraded to LPA.
Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail in the provinces of Aurora, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan due to the trough of the LPA.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Palawan, and Mindoro Provinces will experience monsoon rains.
Mindanao and the rest of the country may experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
The public is advised to take precautionary measures against possible flash floods in low-lying areas and landslides over mountainous areas, especially during severe thunderstorms.
A gale warning remains in effect as sea travel remains risky over some seaboards of the country.
The seaboards of Palawan, Occidental Mindoro, Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, and Cagayan may experience rough to very rough conditions due to the habagat.
PAGASA advised fishing boats and other small sea craft not to venture out into the sea, while larger sea vessels were asked to take extra precaution against big waves.