MANILA - A new low pressure area (LPA) was spotted west of Ilocos Sur on Thursday afternoon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
PAGASA said the LPA was estimated 560 kilometers west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur as of 4 p.m.
Speaking to radio dzMM, weather forecaster Fernando Cada said the LPA has a low chance of intensifying into a cyclone within the next 12 to 24 hours.
It also has a low probability of entering the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), he said.
"Kung pumasok man po ito ay sa tagiliran lang po at at halos ang kanyang paggalaw ay pa-norte," he said.
However, if it remains stationary, the new disturbance will gain strength.
Cada said it will then be locally named "Florita."
Tropical depression "Ester," the first cyclone to enter the country during this year's wet season, left on Wednesday evening.
According to Cada, the southwest monsoon or habagat is still currently affecting the country.
Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan group of islands, and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Central Luzon will experience monsoon rains, PAGASA said.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have occasional rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms.