Prepare yourself for a torrential downpour: LPA and the ‘Habagat’are expected to rain in most of the Philippines

Low Pressure Areas (LPAs) are weather systems that bring heavy rains and thunderstorms to Philippines. The Low Pressure Area (LPA) is characterized as a cyclonic system with a low barometric level compared to the surrounding area. LPAs are formed within the country itself or in the vicinity, or can be caused by an easterly sea wave crossing the Pacific Ocean. A LPA present can cause flooding, strong winds and landslides. This is a danger to both rural and urban areas.

A southwest monsoon, called ‘habagat’, brings massive rainfall to the Philippines. The southwest monsoon is a weather pattern that occurs annually from May to Oct. It’s triggered by warm, moist air. The habagat causes a significant amount of rain to fall in western and central areas of the country. This can cause localized flooding in low-lying regions. The monsoon rains are crucial to agriculture, as they replenish water supplies for crops. However, it can cause severe weather conditions when combined with a tropical cyclone or LPA. In the Philippines, intense rains and constant habagat have resulted in major flooding. They also disrupted transport and daily activities.

MANILA, Philippines — Cloudy skies and rain showers are expected in various areas of the country due to a low pressure area and the southwest monsoon, PAGASA said Thursday. 

Patrick Del Mundo, a weather forecaster in Quezon Province, said that the LPA seen 295 km east of Infanta is unlikely to become a tropical storm within the next 24-hours. The weather disturbance could approach Aurora, Quezon Province, and Camarines Norte. 

The state weather bureau has said that the LPA combined with the southwest monsoon will bring cloudy skies, scattered rain showers, and thunderstorms to residents in Luzon, Visayas Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga, as well as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. 

The southwest monsoon is expected to bring isolated showers of rain or thunderstorms in the Davao Region and SOCCSKSARGEN. 

PAGASA warns that heavy rains can trigger flash flooding or landslides. 

Metro Manila experienced flooding and congestion Wednesday due to heavy rain. — Gaea Kathreena Cabico