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LPA spotted but has slim chance of intensifying; rainshower, thunderstorms prevail

There is a minimal chance that a tropical cyclone may form or enter the country within the next three days but the likelihood of afternoon and evening rain showers and thunderstorms remain high, according to a weather forecaster.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said the low pressure area (LPA) at 225 kilometers east-northeast of Casiguran, Aurora has a slim probability of becoming a tropical depression. 

The LPA was expected to move close to the country and bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province Sunday.

Weather condition in these areas will gradually improve by Monday.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have “generally fair weather” due to partly cloudy to cloudy skies in the morning but with a “high” chance of isolated afternoon or evening rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. This weather scenario may prevail for the next three days.

PAGASA advised the public to remain vigilant in the event of heavy or prolonged rainfall as flooding and landslides are possible especially those to be in a high-risk of these hazards.

Ordinario said a gale warning has not been issued Sunday thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail across the country’s coast.

However, he advised the fisherfolk and those using small boats to take extra precautions during the occurrence of severe thunderstorms offshore, which are most often accompanied by strong winds that may cause big waves. 

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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