Potential cyclone approaching from the east may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this Sunday

A potential cyclone approaching from the east may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this Sunday but may not immediately affect the country, state weather forecasters said Friday.

Synopsis:
Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) across Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao.
Forecast:
Palawan and the regions of Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Caraga and Davao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Luzon and coming from the south to southeast over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.

In a radio interview Friday noon, PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said their models show the low-pressure area (LPA) is still in the Guam area and is moving slowly.

“Gumagalaw siya westward pero mabagal. Maaring pagsapit ng Linggo, papasok ito sa PAR, pero still LPA pa siya,” Cada said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He said the LPA is not likely to directly affect the country during the weekend.

If the LPA becomes a cyclone while inside the Philippine area of responsibility, it will be locally codenamed “Odette.”

Cada also said that for now, PAGASA does not see any other weather disturbance near the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

“Sa loob ng PAR, wala tayong nakikita any developing LPA in the next 24 hours (Inside the PAR we do not see any developing LPA in the next 24 hours),” he said.

He also said they expect the weather this weekend to be generally fair but with thunderstorms.

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