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MANILA, Philippines- A developing storm was spotted within the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday, while afternoon rains are imminent in Luzon and Visayas due to the merging of cold and warm winds.
Based on the 5 am weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the low pressure area (LPA) was last seen 1,120 kilometers east of Southern Luzon.
The LPA is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone or ITCZ, the belt of clouds formed from the merging of winds from the southern and northern hemispheres. The ITCZ is sometimes referred to as the birthplace of storms as it is a series of LPAs.
According to the US-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the LPA has a “high” chance of intensifying further into a storm in the next 24 hours. It said that it is already gaining wind strength and moisture from the warm sea.
Once the LPA intensifies, it will be called storm “Lawin” by Pagasa.
While the LPA won’t directly affect the country yet, the ITCZ affecting Luzon and Visayas will bring light to moderate rains in Northern and Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) as well as Western Visayas.
Based on News 5’s Weather Center, moderate to heavy rains associated with thunderstorms will occur between 1-5 pm over Baguio City, La Union, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga and nearby areas.
According to Pagasa, “Metro Manila will experience occasional light to moderate rains except during thunderstorms.”