PAGASA: Weather to improve by Thursday or Friday

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Expect rainy weather to continue until tomorrow, weather officials advised. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — Weather in Luzon may improve by Thursday or Friday if the low pressure area (LPA) inside the Philippine territory will not develop into a tropical depression, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

"Mino-monitor pa rin po nating ang LPA na ito. Nakadepende na lang po sa development at movement ng LPA na ito kung magtutuluy-tuloy po ang ating pag-ulan lalo na sa Metro Manila," PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran said in an interview on CNN Philippines' News Night.

[Translation: We are still monitoring this LPA. It depends on the development and movement of this LPA whether rainfall will persist, especially in Metro Manila.]

The LPA, which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 3:00 p.m. today, is  located at 920 kilometers east-north-east of Basco, Batanes.

There is a low chance that it will become a tropical depression, and it may dissolve in the next 12 to 24 hours, PAGASA said.

As of 6:00 p.m., a yellow rainfall warning was still raised in Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales and Bulacan. Heavy rains may cause flooding in low-lying portions of these areas.

Moderate with occasional heavy rains are expected in Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Batangas within the next three hours.

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PAGASA earlier reported that rains over Western Luzon won't stop anytime soon.

It said that areas to be most drenched will be the western section of Northern and Central Luzon, where rains are expected to continue for the next five days.

Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Metro Manila and Southern Luzon would have fair weather beginning Wednesday.

This is due to Tropical Storm "Karding," with international name "Yagi," and Tropical Storm "Leepi" enhancing the southwest monsoon. Karding is already out of Philippine territory, while Leepi is not expected to enter it, PAGASA said.

Aurelio also compared the Habagat's effects to Typhoon "Ondoy" saying they are similar, but have different amount of rainfall.

"Yung ulan ng binagsak ng Ondoy ay napalakas sa loob ng anim na oras umabot sa 450 mm… ito naman na ulan sa isang araw 270 mm, pero 'yung epekto kumbaga sa Marikina halos parehas dulot ng Ondoy at Habagat," he said.

[Translation: The rains brought by Ondoy were strong, in six hours it reach 450 millimeters, while these (monsoon) rains, in one day it reached 270 mm, but the effects brought by Ondoy and the Habagat, like on Marikina, is almost the same.]

Aurelio said that on August 11, the country experienced more than half of August's expected rainfall.

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