LPA to have minimal effect on 'habagat' – PAGASA

Posted at 08/10/12 3:53 PM

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 2:32 p.m., 10 August 2012.
Photo Courtesy of http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA expects a new low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) to enter by as early as Monday evening but said it will have minimal effect on the country's weather.

PAGASA forecaster Chris Perez said the LPA, spotted east of the country, may enter PAR between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, but will not make landfall.

He said latest atmospheric models suggested that the LPA will not enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) the way tropical cyclone "Haikui" did.

"Kung pumasok man ito ay napakalayo po at ang pagkilos nito ay pa northwest then pa northeast. Ang impluwensya sa habagat ay may kahinaan," Perez told dzMM.

However, Perez said PAGASA is not discounting the possibility of any changes in the LPA's behavior.

Still reeling from the effects of tropical cyclone "Gener", Metro Manila and nearby areas were battered by the enhanced southwest monsoon on Sunday.

Torrential rains lasted until Thursday, submerging most parts of the metropolis under water.

Latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said at least 60 people were left dead by the severe flooding.

The devastation of the Philippine capital reminded residents in low-lying areas of the onslaught of tropical storm "Ondoy" in 2009 where 464 were killed.