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A Low Pressure Area (LPA) is being monitored inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was last spotted at 540 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran said that this weather disturbance is almost stationary, but the possibility for it to develop into a Tropical Cyclone remains slim.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon, characterized by cold and dry air coming from the Mainland China or Siberia, has slightly intensified. Locally known as Hanging Amihan, it is now dominant in Luzon and Visayas.
This midweek Wednesday, the trough or extended part of the LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rains in the regions of Caraga and Davao. Residents are advised to be prepared for possible flash floods and landslides if rains persist for hours.
Meanwhile, the effect of Hanging Amihan will be experienced in Cagayan Valley, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Aurora and Quezon. The same weather condition will prevail in Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas, where cloudy skies with scattered rains are expected.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and of Visayas will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains. The remaining parts of the archipelago can expect generally fair weather condition apart from possible thunderstorms in the latter part of the day.
Amihan has been dominant in Luzon and Visayas since yesterday, bringing cooler weather compared to the “ber” months. Here are the lowest temperatures recorded on February 6, 2018, Tuesday.
Baguio City – 12 degrees Celsius
Basco, Batanes – 14.5 degrees Celsius
Tanay, Rizal – 15 degrees Celsius
Bumpy coastal waters will also be observed today in the seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. These areas will have rough to very rough sea conditions, with waves as high as 5 meters. Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised to avoid venturing out into the seas, while operators of larger sea vessels should be alert against big waves.