Low-pressure area enters PAR, enhances habagat


Posted at Aug 01 2019 06:15 AM

MANILA—State weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday a low-pressure area (LPA) brewing east of the country has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

Weather specialist Ariel Rojas said the brewing storm was spotted 460 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.

He said the LPA is unlikely to develop into a tropical cyclone, but it will enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat, which is the dominant weather system in the country.

A tropical storm with international name Wipha, which is monitored off the extreme section of northern Luzon, will further intensify the habagat.

The tropical storm carries maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

Rojas said Wipha is expected to hit land in the southern part of China.

The habagat, which is prevailing over the western part of Luzon, will trigger rains and thunderstorms over Zambales, Bataan, Bicol Region and Samar provinces.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.

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