MANILA -- The Visayas and some parts of Mindanao would welcome the first day of 2018 with heavy rains and thunderstorms, as a low pressure area (LPA) prevails over Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, the weather bureau said Monday.
In its latest bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Visayas, CARAGA, and Northern Mindanao would experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms brought by the trough of the LPA.
PAGASA said the Bicol region and the rest of Mindanao would experience cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon would bring cloudy skies with scattered rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora and Quezon.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon would have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains.
As of 3 a.m., PAGASA said the LPA was spotted 545 kilometers east of Surigao City. (PNA)