MANILA-- Improving weather is likely in the country's eastern seaboard as tropical depression "Bising" weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) and continues moving away from the country.
The eastern seaboard may experience some light rains but these will be due to the prevailing northeast monsoon or "amihan", said weather forecaster Jaime Bordales from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
"Available data shows 'Bising' will have no direct effect on the country anymore so we can expect improving weather," he said.
He, however, cautioned against sailing in waters bordering the eastern seaboard as sea turbulence is expected to occur there from strong to gale-force winds due to "amihan".
Such winds are also possible in Northern Luzon's northern seaboard, PAGASA said in its gale warning 45 released Monday.
Bordales said PAGASA downgraded "Bising" into an LPA around 2 p.m. Monday.
Thinning clouds were observed in "Bising" then, he noted.
"Weakening of 'Bising' into an LPA further bolstered chance for better weather in the east," he also said.
In its severe weather bulletin 7 released late Monday morning (Feb. 6), PAGASA located "Bising" at some 595 kms east of Catarman in Northern Samar province as of 10 a.m. of the same day.
"Bising" then packed maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
PAGASA also said in its bulletin that "Bising" weakened and may deteriorate into an LPA within the next 24 hours.
"There's low chance for 'Bising' to intensify further," said Bordales.
He said meteorological conditions at present and "amihan" are hindrances to intensification of "Bising" into at least a storm.
"Intrusion of cold wind from 'amihan' isn't favorable for such intensification," he added.
"Bising" might dissipate already while still inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), Bordales noted.
"There's high chance for that weather system's dissipation inside PAR," he said.
PAGASA forecast "Bising" to move north-northeast -- away from the country -- at 10 kph.
In its bulletin, PAGASA also forecast "Bising" will likely be 700 kms east-northeast of Catarman in Northern Samar by Tuesday morning. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency