Low pressure area may enter PH this week


Posted at Apr 15 2018 10:18 AM

A low pressure area is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this week, just days after meteorologists declared the start of the dry season, state weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday.

The LPA was spotted 1,540 kilometers east of Mindanao at 3 a.m. It will enter the country's area of responsibility in the next 24 to 48 hours, PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran told DZMM.

The weather system is unlikely to intensify into a cyclone and has yet to directly affect the country, he said.

PAGASA on Tuesday told the public to expect warmer days as it declared the beginning of the dry season with the end of the cool northeast monsoon or "Amihan."

There are previous instances of LPAs developing during the dry season, but these seldom intensified into cyclones, while a few that did had recurved and did not hit land, Duran said.

For now, easterlies or or warm winds from the Pacific may bring moderate rains in Caraga and Davao regions, the meteorologist said.

Metro Manila and rest of the country, meanwhile, will experience humid weather except for possible thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening, he added.

The highest temperatures on Saturday were recorded at almost 37 degrees Celsius in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija and around 38 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, said Duran.

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DZMM, 15 April 2018