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LPA spotted west of PH

By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz

A low pressure area (LPA) has formed west of the country on Saturday that is embedded in the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) extending across Southern and Central Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

PAGASA HAZE MIST

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) (MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the LPA at 60 kilometers west of Ambulong, Batangas on Saturday morning.

Weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical depression and may likely dissipate within the next few days.

The combined effects of the LPA and ITCZ may bring scattered rain showers or thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, La Union, and Pangasinan within Saturday.

The LPA may also bring rain showers and thunderstorms over Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani.

Based on the PAGASA’s extended weather outlook for selected areas, some scattered rain showers may still affect Metro Manila, Olongapo City, Angeles City, Legazpi City, Puerto Princesa City, and Zamboanga City on Sunday.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA still reminded the public to take extra precautions in the event of severe thunderstorms, as flashfloods or landslides are possible in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Mendoza said PAGASA on Saturday has not issued a gale warning across the country’s coasts thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail.

He noted that slight to moderate seas are expected over the entire archipelago, except during the occurrence of severe thunderstorms that are most often accompanied by strong winds, which causes big waves.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/20/lpa-spotted-west-of-ph/)

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