Occasional rains expected over Western Luzon

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Occasional rains will continue over the western section of Luzon due to southwest monsoon affecting these areas on Tuesday, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

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For Tuesday’s forecast, PAGASA said Bataan, Zambales, Occidental Mindoro and Palawan will experience occasional rains.

It added the rest of the country including Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” — which is associated with the occurrence of intermittent to continuous rains — is the prevailing wind system during the rainy season.

She said the southwest monsoon has weakened due to the absence of a weather disturbance that will enhance it.

Escullar also said the agency continues to monitor a cloud cluster outside the country’s area of responsibility which might develop into a low pressure area.

She noted they are not anticipating any weather disturbance to develop into tropical cyclone that will affect the country in the next two to three days.

She said PAGASA still expects one to two more storms to hit the country before the end of the month.

She added that the next tropical cyclone will be named “Florita.”

In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Visayas and from the southwest to west over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas. PNA

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