Rains threaten school opening as storm brews


Posted at Jun 03 2018 10:03 AM | Updated as of Jun 04 2018 08:27 AM

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MANILA - Rains will welcome students when the new school year opens on Monday due to a low pressure area or brewing storm off the country's east coast, the state weather bureau said.

The weather system will likely intensify into a storm in the next 24 hours and will be named "Domeng" when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, said PAGASA meteorologist Ezra Bulquerin.

Palawan, Mindoro and the western sections of Visayas and Mindanao will experience moderate to heavy rains over the weekend until Monday, PAGASA said in a statement.

The rest of the Visayas and Mindanao will have light to moderate rains while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience warm and humid weather with isolated rains and thunderstorms in the late afternoon or early evening, the weather bureau said.

At 3 a.m. Sunday, the low pressure area was spotted 390 kilometers east of Surigao City. The weather disturbance is unlikely to hit land, but will affect the country until Tuesday, Bulquerin told DZMM.

The LPA will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains that may cause floods or landslides in Eastern Visayas and Caraga on Sunday, he said.

An intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) or band of clouds where the LPA is embedded will also dump occasionally heavy rains over Mimaropa, Bicol Region, and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao.

Another LPA, which exited the PAR on Saturday, intensified into a tropical depression, but will no longer affect the country, said PAGASA.

It was last spotted 985 kilometers west of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, the weather agency said.

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