MANILA – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring a potential cyclone off Mindanao.
PAGASA forecaster Jun Galang said a low pressure area (LPA) was spotted over the Pacific Ocean. The weather system lies east of Mindanao but remains outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
"Nandito ito sa may Pacific pero may kalayuan pa. Mababa ito, halos ka-level siya ng southern Mindanao. Sa ngayon, ito ang binabantayan natin kung magtutuloy. Two to three days kapag nag-persist pa, medyo malaki ang chance na matuloy ito," Galang told dzMM.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said the trough of another LPA located south of Mindanao and the northeast monsoon (amihan) are forecast to bring rains and thunderstorms over some parts of the country.
PAGASA said Zamboanga Peninsula, Samar provinces, Leyte, Palawan, Aurora, Quezon, Cagayan Valley and Bicol will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.
The regions of Cordillera and Ilocos will be cloudy with light rains, while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms.