The low pressure area (LPA) spotted off west Philippine sea has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression within 12 to 24 hours, the state weather bureau said on Monday.
Weather forecaster Fernando Cada said that once it intensifies into a cyclone and enters the Philippine territory, it will be named “Marce” –the 13th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.
Cada said as of 2 a.m. Monday, the low pressure area (LPA) was located at 620 kilometers west of Luzon (15.3ºN, 113.5ºE).
He said in an interview that the potential cyclone will bring rains over western section of Luzon.
Cada said the weather disturbance’s trough or extension of rain clouds will directly affect and bring cloudy skies with occasional moderate to heavy rains over parts of Northern Luzon, particularly in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Cagayan and Isabela areas.
He said though weakened, the southwest monsoon affecting the western section of Luzon including Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Ilocos regions and the rest of Cagayan Valley, will experience occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms.
The rest of the country will have improving weather condition with partly cloudy skies and brief rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.
Moreover, Cada said the weather agency also monitored a tropical depression in Guam and another potential cyclone in east of Mindanao.
However, based on the models, it is still too far away and is not expected to enter and affect the country, he said.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over extreme Northern Luzon and coming from the southwest to south over Central Luzon.
The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.