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MANILA, Philippines – The cloud cluster observed in the central Pacific Ocean has developed into a low pressure area (LPA), the state meteorological service said Thursday.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the LPA was last seen 1,865 kilometers east of southeastern Mindanao, outside the Philippine Area of ​​Responsibility (PAR).

In a morning weather report, Pagasa expert Patrick del Mundo noted that the LPA is expected to enter the PAR on Saturday and could approach land on Sunday, bringing rain to the eastern parts of Visayas and Mindanao in the process.

Del Mundo, however, said the LPA is unlikely to intensify into a cyclone in the next two days.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon, or amihan, and easterly winds continue to affect significant parts of the country.

Eastern winds are warm winds that blow from the Pacific Ocean, while northeast monsoons are a cool breeze that comes from the northeast.

Cagayan Valley, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes may experience cloudy skies with light rain due to the northeast monsoon, according to the state meteorological agency's forecast.

“In other parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, good weather conditions are expected, with the possibility of isolated light rains due to the effects of the northeast monsoon,” del Mundo said in Filipino.

Del Mundo also advised residents of Visayas and Mindanao to prepare for possible severe storms due to the effects of easterly winds and localized thunderstorms that could trigger flash floods and landslides.

No gale warning was issued for the country's coast on Thursday.

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