Tropical cyclone imminent by end-June

MANILA — A low-pressure area (LPA) that can intensify into a tropical cyclone (TC) may develop in late this month, bringing cloudy skies and rain to the country.

The LPA will bring to Luzon cloudy skies and either rain showers or thunderstorms, according to the state weather bureau, PAGASA’s forecast for the 10-day period ending Friday (June 30).

“The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with rain showers or thunderstorms,” it said.

PAGASA expects the LPA, southwest monsoon or ‘habagat, inter-tropical convergence zone, and the ridge of a high-pressure area to affect the country during the period.

The LPA has a chance of becoming a TC, noted PAGASA.

Cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms are possible in Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Davao and Soccsksargen after the period’s early days.

According to the bureau, up to 150 mm. of rainfall is likely in most regions nationwide during the 10-day period.

Regions that may experience such rainfall are Ilocos, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Negros, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen and Caraga, PAGASA said.

Up to 75 mm. of rain is possible in the country’s remaining regions.

PAGASA forecast for Eastern Visayas three to seven rainy days, the period’s highest average number of days with rains of 0.1 mm. or more, while an average of three to six rainy days are possible in Ilocos, Central Luzon and Mimaropa.

However, most regions may experience an average of two to six rainy days during the period. These regions are Cagayan Valley, the Cordilleras, Metro Manila, Bicol, Western Visayas, Negros, Zamboanga, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen and Caraga.

According to PAGASA, the country’s remaining regions may experience up to four rainy days over the period. PNA – northboundasia.com