By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The eastern section of Mindanao will likely experience light to moderate rains in the next 24 hours, as a low pressure area (LPA) moves closer to the country on Thursday.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the LPA at 555 kilometers east-southeast of Davao CIty around 3 p.m. Thursday.
PAGASA weather specialist Ana Clauren said the weather bureau does not expect the LPA to develop into a tropical cyclone but may still bring light to moderate rains over eastern Mindanao until Friday.
Clauren said eastern Mindanao can expect a gradual improvement in weather conditions by Saturday.
Meanwhile, the easterly winds, the warm and humid air coming from the Pacific, will be the dominant weather system across the rest of the country until the weekend.
The easterlies may bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies in the morning with isolated rain showers in the late afternoon or early evening.
PAGASA advised the public to take precautions against possible flash floods in low-lying areas and landslides over mountainous areas during severe thunderstorms, as warm mornings may sometimes lead to sudden but short-lived rains in the afternoon or evening.
The occurrence of thunderstorms usually lasts about one to two hours.
The weather bureau has also not issued a gale warning on Thursday. Thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail.
Cagayan Valley, northern Ilocos Norte, eastern Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will have moderate seas, while slight to moderate seas will prevail over the rest of the country this weekend.