As of 11:00 am today, TROPICAL DISTURBANCE (LPA) 99W continues to move west to west-southwestward across the northern part of the South Philippine Sea. It was located about 293 km East of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur (8.7N 128.9E). With maximum sustained winds of 35 kph, and is forecast to move westward at a speed of 22 km/hr towards Eastern Mindanao. This LPA may likely to develop into a Tropical Depression within the next 12 to 24 hours and traverse Caraga and Northern Mindanao Area tonight through Tuesday (Jan 02). Cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms will be expected along Caraga, Northern and Eastern Mindanao, Eastern and Central Visayas today. The potential of becoming a significant Tropical Cyclone within the next 24 hours is now HIGH (>65% chance). Refer to our 24-hr StormWatches or 06-hrly Storm Updates for more details.
Meanwhile, the surge of the NORTHEAST MONSOON (AMIHAN) will continue to bring cooler conditions, mostly cloudy to cloudy skies with occasionally light to at times moderate rain showers or possible thunderstorms EXTREME NORTHERN-NORTHERN-EASTERN LUZON, becoming more frequent along BICOL REGION AND THE REST OF THE VISAYAS. Fresh to strong breeze (30-50 kph) will blow, making the seas moderate to rough (2 to 4 meters) and risky to small and medium-sized sea vessels.
The REST OF THE PHILIPPINES will have partly to mostly cloudy skies with the possibility of isolated rain showers or 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.
24-Hour Observed Rainfall Accumulation (8:00 AM December 31, 2017 to 8:00 AM January 01, 2018)
Created by: David Michael V. Padua for WeatherPhilippines