LPA now over West PH Sea

Posted at 07/04/12 9:22 AM

LPA to enhance 'habagat'

MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area that brought heavy rains in most parts of Metro Manila and in some Luzon provinces is now over the West Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said on Wednesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA was spotted 60 kilometers north northwest of Iba, Zambales as of 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Widespread rains that may trigger floods and landslides are expected over areas in the western sections of northern and central Luzon.

PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the LPA, which is moving towards Vietnam, is still in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

He said rains are expected over southern Luzon and Visayas as the LPA enhances the southwest monsoon.

"May habagat pa rin tayo na umiiral sa malaking bahagi ng Luzon kasama ang Visayas. Sa Mindanao, maganda ang panahon na may bahagya hanggang maulap na kalangitan na may isolated na pagkulog at pagkidlat," Aurelio told dzMM.

Mindanao, meanwhile, will have fair weather but isolated rains and thunderstorms may still occur.

Aurelio said weather in the entire country will improve by Friday.

PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over northern Luzon and coming from southwest over the rest of Luzon and Visayas.

The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from south to southwest with slight to moderate seas.