PASAGA: Low pressure area spotted
A low pressure area (LPA) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday morning, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The LPA, which was spotted 190 kilometers north northwest of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte as of 5 a.m. Monday, will result in cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms in the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon. However, it is not expected to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 hours.
PASAGA, meanwhile, has officially declared the onset of the rainy season in the country, noting that the prevailing synoptic conditions over the country are now characterized by southwesterly windflow, high humidity, and occurrence of daily rainshowers and thunderstorms.
In the latest press release, PASAGA also warned that the unusual warming of sea surface temperature over the tropical Pacific indicates the development of El Niño within the next three months (June-July-August), and advised concerned agencies to take precautionary measures to prevent the bad effects of the El Nino, 7 months after deadly typhoon Haiyan hit the country last November.