PAGASA: 2 LPAs spotted; habagat to bring rains over parts of PH

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — The state weather bureau on Monday said it is monitoring two low pressure areas (LPA), one of which is enhancing the southwest monsoon or habagat, which will bring rains over parts of the country.

In its 4 a.m. briefing, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) was last located 875 kilometers (kms) east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon while the other was spotted 1,960 kms east northeast of Eastern Visayas.

One of the LPAs entered PAR early Sunday morning.

"Pareho ho nating hindi inaasahan o maliit ang tyansang maging bagyo itong dalawang LPA, bagama’t itong isang nasa labas ay nagpapalakas din ng hanging habagat," weather specialist Obet Badrina said.

[Translation: We do not expect, or there is a small chance, that the two LPAs will become storms, although the one outside PAR is also strengthening the southwest monsoon.]

Scattered rains and localized thunderstorms are expected over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the Zamboanga peninsula, PAGASA added.