MANILA, Philippines – A new low pressure area (LPA) has formed off southern Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Thursday morning.
PAGASA said the LPA was spotted 1,120 kilometers east of southern Luzon at 4 a.m.
PAGASA forecaster Chris Perez said the LPA is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone, and remains outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
He added that latest atmospheric models indicate that the LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.
Perez, however, said PAGASA is not discounting the possibility of the LPA intensifying into a cyclone as it remains over water.
Based on PAGASA's 24-hour weather forecast for Thrusday, Metro Manila will experience occasional light to moderate rains with possible thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening.
Occasional light to moderate rains are expected in Ilocos region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, central Luzon, southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy skies with brief rains and thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.