THE low pressure area (LPA) embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) may develop into a tropical depression and would be named “Domeng” when it enters Philippine territory, the state-run weather bureau said on Monday.
“The LPA may develop into a tropical depression within 24 to 48 hours. It will be named ‘Domeng’ when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but the likelihood of a landfall is very small,” said Sheilla Reyes, weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
“So far, we are expecting it to move northward and bring moderate to heavy rains over the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao,” Reyes told The Manila Times.
Pagasa added that the weather system may also trigger the southwesterly surface wind flow or prevailing winds coming from southwest associated with rains and thunderstorms.
The LPA was 655 kilometers (km) east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte as of 8 a.m. but would have no direct effect as it hovers off the country’s eastern portion.
It is forecast, however, to bring cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over eastern Visayas and Caraga.
Palawan, Bicol region, and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms caused by the ITCZ.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will likely experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers because of localized thunderstorms but with “no significant impact” all throughout the day, Pagasa said. GLEE JALEA
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