The broad and elongated TROPICAL DISTURBANCE (LPA) 98W has started consolidating and becoming better organized as it tracks swiftly west of Palawan. Its RAINBANDS and TROUGH will continue to bring mostly cloudy to cloudy skies with light to moderate to at times heavy rain showers with Ordinary to Severe Thunderstorms across CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LUZON, METRO MANILA, BICOL REGION, MIMAROPA, VISAYAS, SULU ARCHIPELAGO, AND WESTERN MINDANAO.
As of 12:00 PM today October 28, the center of LPA 98W was located over the West Philippine Sea, about 117 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (10.5°N Lat 118.0°E Lon). It was moving very quickly West-Northwestward @ 37 kph towards the South China Sea. The chances of this LPA of becoming a Tropical Cyclone within the next 24 hours is now upgraded to MEDIUM (35-65% chance).
Surge of the NORTHEAST MONSOON (AMIHAN) will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies, cooler conditions with occasional drizzles, light to at times moderate rain showers across EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON. Fresh breeze to Near-Gale Winds of 35 to 55 km/hr will blow along these areas, making the seas moderate to very rough and dangerous to all types of sea vessels.
Meanwhile, THE REST OF THE COUNTRY will remain clear to partly cloudy skies with chances of isolated to scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in some areas especially in the afternoon or evening.
**Residents are advised to be on alert for possible flashfloods, landslides or lightning strikes during the occurrence of Severe Thunderstorms.
Important note: In the infrared (IR) satellite image shown above: BLUE areas indicate Clear Skies with a Few Clouds; GREEN = Partly to Mostly Cloudy Skies; YELLOW = Mostly Cloudy to Hazy Skies with Possible Slight-to-Moderate Rainfall; and RED = Thunderstorms with Moderate to Heavy to sometimes Extreme Rainfall.
Created by: David Michael V. Padua for WeatherPhilippines