LPA to bring rains over Bicol

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 28 2012 09:49 AM | Updated as of May 28 2012 09:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Weather bureau PAGASA on Monday said a low pressure area will bring rain to the Bicol region.

In its latest weather bulletin, PAGASA said the LPA was spotted 270 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 2 a.m.

PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the LPA has very little chance of developing into a storm.

“Sa ngayon tingin namin mahina pa ang tsansa pero hindi namin inaalis ang [posibilidad na ito ay magiging bagyo],” Loiz told ABS-CBNnews.com

He, however, warned residents in Bicol; and eastern Visayas and Luzon provinces to watch out for scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger flash floods and landslides.

Loiz said the LPA was moving in a westward direction.

The rest of the country, meanwhile, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Not wet season yet

Loiz said PAGASA the wet season has yet to start since the criteria for declaring one have yet to be met.

According to Loiz, at least five of eight in the following PAGASA’s climate monitoring stations must record at least a millimeter of rainfall within 5 consecutive days, with a total of 25 millimeters, in order for the wet season to be declared:

  • Laoag, Ilocos Norte
  • Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  • Iba, Zambales
  • Dagupan, Pangasinan
  • San Jose, Mindoro
  • Ambulong, Mindoro
  • Iloilo
  • Manila

“Yung mga istasyon na nabanggit, inconsistent ngayon. Yung iba malakas ang ulan, yung iba hindi malakas,” he said.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Light to moderate winds coming from the southwest to south will prevail over the rest of Luzon.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.