LPA trough affecting parts of Mindanao

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MANILA, Philippines – The trough or extension of a low pressure area (LPA) continues to affect parts of Mindanao, but the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat has weakened temporarily.

In a bulletin issued 4 pm on Wednesday, July 3, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA is already 165 kilometers east southeast of General Santos City.

The trough of the LPA is bringing scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms to Caraga, the Davao Region, and Soccsksargen.

Flash floods and landslides are possible if the thunderstorms become severe.

But what's good is that the LPA only has a slim chance of developing into a tropical depression. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

According to PAGASA Weather Specialist Benison Estareja, there is even a possibility that the LPA may just dissipate within the next 24 hours.

So far, the Philippines has had 5 tropical cyclones in 2019, all classified as tropical depressions. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2019)

The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.

Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones from July to December:

Meanwhile, Palawan is now the only area feeling the effects of the southwest monsoon. Scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected in the province.

Areas not affected by the trough of the LPA and the southwest monsoon will have generally fair weather, with just isolated rainshowers or localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com