PAGASA: Brace for wet Christmas Day

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 24 2018 06:52 PM

MANILA - State weather bureau PAGASA advised the public to brace for a wet Christmas Day due to the effects of a low pressure area (LPA) inside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

In its 4 p.m. weather advisory on Monday, PAGASA said the LPA was last spotted 430 kilometers west northwest of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.

Weather forecaster Ariel Rojas said the LPA is about to exit the PAR but its trough will continue to affect parts of the country.

A second LPA was spotted 1,245 kilometers east of Mindanao, outside the PAR.

The tail-end of a cold front is also affecting central and southern Luzon.

Cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms are expected in Mindanao, central and eastern Visayas and Palawan, brought about by the trough of the low pressure area.

This may cause possible flash floods or landslides in affected areas.

Cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms are likewise expected over Metro Manila, central Luzon, and the provinces of Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon due to the tail-end of a cold front.

Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains, while partly-cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains are expected over Ilocos Region and the rest of the country.

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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