PAGASA forecasts

LPA exits PAR, becomes tropical depression; ITCZ still causing rain

Acor Arceo
LPA exits PAR, becomes tropical depression; ITCZ still causing rain

TROPICAL CYCLONES. Satellite image of the tropical depression (left) and the tropical storm (right), both outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, as of October 25, 2021, 6 am.

PAGASA

Another tropical depression being monitored outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility also intensifies into a tropical storm, says PAGASA on Monday, October 25

The low pressure area (LPA) which affected parts of the country left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and developed into a tropical depression, the weather bureau said before dawn on Monday, October 25.

In a bulletin issued at 4 am on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the tropical depression was already 460 kilometers west northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

It is moving west, or further away from PAR, at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h). (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

While the tropical depression is moving away, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) continues to affect Southern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are likely in these regions on Monday due to the ITCZ:

  • Metro Manila
  • Calabarzon
  • Mimaropa
  • Bicol
  • Western Visayas

The northeasterly surface windflow is also bringing scattered rain and isolated thunderstorms to Northern Luzon, particularly to these areas:

  • Cagayan Valley
  • Aurora

Elsewhere in the Philippines, weather will be generally fair on Monday, with just isolated rain either from the ITCZ or localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, another tropical depression being monitored outside PAR has since intensified into a tropical storm.

The tropical storm was located 1,675 kilometers east of Southern Luzon early Monday, moving north northwest at 20 km/h.

It has maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

PAGASA earlier said this tropical cyclone only has a slim chance of entering PAR. Updates are expected in succeeding bulletins.

The Philippines gets around 20 tropical cyclones per year. There have been 14 in 2021, so far. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2021)

The weather bureau declared the start of La Niña in mid-October, which means more rain is expected in the coming months. La Niña is seen to last until the first quarter of 2022. – Rappler.com

Acor Arceo

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