MANILA, Philippines – A new low pressure area (LPA) spotted off Surigao City is forecast to bring rains over parts of Visayas and Mindanao, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Monday.
PAGASA said the LPA, located 180 kilometers east of Surigao City as of 4 a.m., is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over Visayas, Mindanao, Mimaropa and Bicol.
The Cagayan Valley region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon are expected to have light rains, while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy skies with isolated brief rainshowers or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.
PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz said the other LPA, spotted 350 kilometers east of Surigao City as of 4 p.m. yesterday, already made landfall in Visayas.
"Actually iyung isang LPA ay tumama na sa kalupaan. Ito nga ay bagong LPA at sa ngayon ay hindi pa rin namin na nakikita na magiging isang ganap na bagyo ito dahil medyo malapit na ito sa kalupaan ng Kabisayaan," Loiz told dzMM.
PAGASA said the LPA, embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), is unlikely to develop into a full-blown cyclone since it was already close to land.
The ITCZ is formed when trade winds from the southern and northern hemispheres meet, creating thunderstorm-producing cloud bands. It is also the area where most weather disturbances such as LPA are formed.