MANILA - A low pressure area will bring occasionally heavy rains to the whole Visayas and Mindanao on Thursday, 5 days before Christmas, the state weather bureau said.
The weather disturbance entered the Philippine area of responsibility at 2 a.m. and was spotted an hour later at about 955 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, said PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas.
Rains from the LPA's trough or extension may unleash floods or landslides in the central and southern islands, he warned in a Facebook video.
The low pressure area is unlikely to intensify into a storm ahead of Christmas, PAGASA earlier said.
Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or amihan will bring cloudy skies with light rains over Cagayan Valley, the Cordilleras, Bicol region, Aurora and Quezon, said Rojas.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience isolated rains, he added.
During last year's Christmas holidays, at least 200 were killed when back-to-back storms Urduja and Vinta spawned floods and landslides.
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