MANILA, Philippines — The state weather agency said on Thursday that the low-pressure area (LPA) it had been monitoring for the past few days was already nearing Mindanao, raising the possibility of moderate to heavy rains in region this weekend.
In its weather advisory at 11 this morning, PAGASA said that based on all available data the weather disturbance was spotted 900 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur at 10 a.m.
PAGASA said that this low-pressure area could intensify into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours and would affect areas in Eastern Visayas, Southern Luzon and Northern Mindanao by weekend.
Metro Manila, Central Luzon and the remaining parts of Visayas and Mindanao are expected to experience light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.
In its weather forecast issued at 5 a.m., PAGASA said that the easterlies continue to affect the eastern section of the country.
The weather agency said that moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the east to northeast would prevail over northern Luzon while its coastal waters would be moderate to occasionally rough.
“Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to northeast slight to moderate seas,” PAGASA added.