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LPA, tail-end of frontal system causing rain in parts of Luzon

 The low pressure area (LPA) off Palawan and the tail-end of a frontal system affecting the eastern part of Southern Luzon are expected to trigger rain on Monday, March 15.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in an 11 am advisory on Monday that the LPA is already 105 kilometers west northwest of Cuyo, Palawan, or 90 kilometers south of Coron, Palawan.

The LPA is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) or dissipate in the next 48 hours, according to PAGASA. It is not seen to develop into a tropical depression.

But on Monday, the LPA and the tail-end of a frontal system or shear line will still bring rain to some areas in Luzon.

Moderate to heavy rain
  • Quezon
Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain
  • northern part of Palawan
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Camarines Norte
  • Aurora
  • eastern part of Isabela

The state weather bureau warned that floods and landslides could occur. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

There may also be isolated light rain in other parts of Luzon due to the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan, but PAGASA said there would be "no significant impact."

The Visayas and Mindanao have generally fair weather.

As of Monday morning, PAGASA is not monitoring any other potential tropical cyclone.

So far, the lone tropical cyclone in 2021 is February's Auring (Dujuan). It reached severe tropical storm status but eventually hit land as a tropical depression.

Around 20 tropical cyclones enter or form within PAR every year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2021)

For the next 6 months, these are PAGASA's latest predictions for the number of tropical cyclones:

  • March - 0 or 1
  • April - 0 or 1
  • May - 0 or 1
  • June - 1 or 2
  • July - 1 to 3
  • August - 2 or 3

La Niña, which causes above normal rainfall, is still ongoing. It began in October 2020. – Rappler.com

Acor Arceo

Acor Arceo is the head of copy and editorial standards at Rappler. Trained in both online and TV newsrooms, Acor supervises Rappler’s coverage of disasters, handles the business desk, and ensures consistency in editorial standards across all sections.

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