If LPA becomes tropical depression, landfall chance 'very small'
MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA continues to monitor a low pressure area (LPA) off Mindanao.
In a bulletin issued 4 pm on Sunday, June 3, PAGASA said the LPA is located 695 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
It is embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), a belt near the equator where the trade winds of the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere meet, usually causing LPAs or thunderstorms.
PAGASA warned that the LPA could develop into a tropical depression within the next 24 to 48 hours. It would be given the local name Domeng if it becomes a tropical depression. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2018)
PAGASA said the chance of landfall is "very small," but moderate to heavy rain is still expected in Eastern Visayas and Caraga. Residents of these regions should be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides.
Aside from the LPA, the ITCZ itself will bring light to heavy rain to Palawan, Bicol, the rest of the Visayas, and the rest of Mindanao. Flash floods and landslides are also possible in these areas.
The rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will only have isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms with "no significant impact."
The bad weather comes as millions of students are set to begin classes nationwide on Monday, June 4.
"Ang ating mga kababayan ay pinag-iingat... dahil may intervals po na malakas ang ulan," said PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas as he explained the latest forecast in a Facebook Live video.
(We advise our countrymen to take extra precautions... because there will be intervals with heavy rain.)
PAGASA earlier said it might declare the official start of the rainy season between June 4 and 14.
For the onset of the rainy season to be declared, the requirement is 5 straight days of rain generating a total amount of at least 25 millimeters (mm) of rainfall. These 5 days must also include 3 straight days of at least 1 mm of rainfall. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories) – Rappler.com