MANILA—A low-pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Catanduanes may develop into a tropical cyclone, state weather bureau PAGASA said early Friday.
Weather specialist Gener Quitlong said the weather disturbance has a slim chance of hitting land, but it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat.
As of 3 a.m. Friday, the LPA was located 915 kilometers east of Virac town.
Quitlong said the tropical storm with international name Wipha will also intensify the habagat prevailing over western section of Luzon.
Wipha made landfall in southern part of China and is expected to dissipate in the next few days, he added.
Monsoon rains are expected over Pangasinan, Zambales and Bataan.
The habagat will also trigger scattered rains and thunderstorms in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera Administrative Region and the rest of Ilocos Region and Central Luzon.
Meanwhile, Bicol Region, the Visayas and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains due to the trough of LPA.
The rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.
Classes in several provinces were suspended on Friday, August 2 due to the inclement weather brought about by the habagat and LPA.
Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates.