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It’s gonna be rainy weekend as LPA enters PAR

by Malou Talosig-Bartolome

It’s going to be a rainy Friday in Visayas, Mindanao, and southern Luzon, and probably will extend until the weekend

State weather agency Pagasa said the low pressure area they have been monitoring entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday night. It was last located around 245km east of General Santos City.

The LPA has merged into the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) but “remains less likely to develop into a tropical depression within 24 hours,” Pagasa said in its weather advisory Thursday 11 pm.

The combined effects of ITCZ and LPA will bring “moderate to heavy rains” over Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Caraga, and Davao Region.

Light to moderate, at times heavy rains, too, will be experienced over Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the rest of Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have generally favorable weather, with a chance of rain showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.

Effect of ITCZ, LPA collab

“Flooding and rain-induced landslides” are likely under heavy rainfall, especially if the areas are highly susceptible to hazards.

Pagasa advised residents in affected areas to check the hazard maps if they are in danger of flooding.

“The public and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices concerned are advised to take all necessary measures to protect life and property,” Pagasa said.

Flood warning in central and southern Mindanao

Pagasa issued a flood warning advisory in the Buayan-Malungon River Basin in central and southern Mindanao.

The lower main Buayan and Maribulan rivers, including their tributaries, are above alert water levels as of 7 pm Thursday. The water levels are now “slowly subsiding,” but Pagasa warned of possible “re-increase or fluctuating stage heights” in the natural waterways of the river basin.

Pagasa warned of flash floods and rain-induced landslides in the following towns: Tupi and Tampakan in South Cotabato; Malita in Davao Occidental; Malalag in Davao del Sur; Santa Maria in Davao Occidental; and Malungon and Alabel in Sarangani.

Rainfall/ Thunderstorms warnings

4am. Yellow Rainfall warning raised in Davao de Oro, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands

4am. Light to moderate with occasional heavy rains in most parts of Mindanao

Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay

Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Agusan del Sur

Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Occidental

South Cotabato, NorthCotabato, Sarangani, and Sultan Kudarat.

Weekend weather outlook

Metro Manila. Fairer weather on Saturday and Sunday with a chance of rain and localized thunderstorms.

Baguio City. Fair weather on Saturday and Sunday. But might rain in the afternoon or evening

Legazpi City. Metro Cebu. Metro Davao. Cloudy with localized thunderstorms over the weekend.

What is ITCZ again?

ITCZ or the inter-tropical convergence zone is the band of clouds consisting of showers, with occasional thunderstorms, that encircles the globe near the equator. The seasonal shifts in the location of the ITCZ affects rainfall in many countries near the equator including the Philippines.

Temperature check

Baguio will probably experience the lowest temperature, a bit colder than the past few days at 16 °C.

Highest temperatures recorded yesterday were in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (34.5 °C) Coron, Palawan (33.8 °C) and Laoag City (33.4 °C).

Visayas forecast

Ang tibook Visayas, ang Palawan lakip na ang Kalayaan Islands, ug ang Occidental Mindoro makasinati ug madag-umon na kalangitan inubanan sa mga katag-katag na pag-ulan, pagpangilat ug pagpanugdug tungod sa ITCZ.

Hinay ngadto sa kasarangan nga paghuros sa hangin gikan sa Amihanang-silangan ngadto sa Silangan ang mupasulabi sa Visayas, Palawan lakip na ang Kalayaan Islands, ug Occidental Mindoro diin ang kadagatan magmalinawon ngadto na sa kasarangan ang pagbalud.

Mindanao forecast

Ang tibuok dapit sa Mindanao makasinati sa mapananuron nga kalangitan inubanan sa katag-katag nga pag-ulan ug panalugdog tungod sa ITCZ. Hinay ngadto sa kasarangan nga hangin maga gikan sa amihanang silangan ngadto na sa silangang direksyon ug hapsay ngadto sa kasarangan ang pagbalud sa kadagatan.

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