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New LPA likely to enter PAR Thursday

Pagasa satellite image showing the two LPAs, the former storm 'Auring' on the left and the new weather system expected to enter the PAR Thursday on the right.
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MANILA, Philippines -- Another low pressure area will likely enter the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday while the other one near Palawan, the former storm “Auring,” is expected to move out of the country.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration last tracked the new LPA at 1,770 kilometers east of Mindanao, still too far to affect any part of the archipelago.

However, the rain forecast map of News5 Metra Weatherscape shows the LPA will bring moderate to heavy rains over Eastern Visayas and the Caraga region by the weekend.

Based on latest forecast data, the weather disturbance has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.

Meanwhile, the other LPA was located by Pagasa Wednesday morning at 165 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City.

While this LPA is expected to move out of the PAR Thursday, the weather bureau said it will continue to bring rainy weather along with the northeast monsoon or amihan.

"Cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over the regions of Bicol, Eastern Visayas and the provinces of Aurora, Quezon and Palawan," Pagasa said.

It added that Caraga and the rest of Mimaropa and the Visayas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms, while Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and the rest of Central Luzon and Calabarzon will likely have cloudy skies with light rain .

Pagasa on Wednesday morning also issued a gale warning over the northern and eastern seaboards of northern Luzon due to "rough to very rough" sea conditions with wave heights reaching 3.4 to 4.5 meters.

"Fishing boats and other small sea craft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," Pagasa said.