• Monsoon rains threaten WVisayas


    The southwest monsoon may sgain spawn heavy rains that will affect western Visayas this time, according to the weather bureau.

    Weather forecaster Gladys Saludes said a low pressure area can form in the Pacific near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) either Sunday or Monday and enhance the southwest monsoon.

    “That can bring moderate to occasionally heavy rain to the Visayas’ western areas, so communities there must prepare for this possibility,” she said.

    She said winds will likely fan moderate to rough seas in the area.

    Saludes said three tropical cyclones are outside the PAR.

    “However, those tropical cyclones have a low chance of entering and are too far to enhance the southwest monsoon’,” she said.

    Saludes said one of the tropical cyclones may move northward, creating in the Pacific conditions that can lead to the formation of an LPA.

    “The chance for that LPA entering PAR is still low,” she said.

    However, communities in the western section of the Visayas should brace for the possible formation of an LPA and an enhanced southwest monsoon.

    While the expected rain may not be as intense as the downpour that drenched Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon last week, it is still best for these communitiesto prepare for an inclement weather.

    On Saturday, the weather bureau said cloudy skies with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms will prevail in Eastern Visayas, as well as Luzon’s Bicol Region and Aurora, Rizal and Quezon provinces.

    “The monsoon trough is bringing rain to east-lying areas in Luzon and the Visayas,” Saludes said.

    Metro Manila will have cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.



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