Tropical storm “Ester” is already out of Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but still rains are expected over Luzon due to the Southwest Monsoon affecting these area, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.
In the Thursday forecast, PAGASA said that Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands, the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Central Luzon will experience monsoon rains while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have occasional rains.
It added the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said the agency continues to monitor a weather disturbance near Northern Luzon.
He said the low pressure area has high chance to become a tropical cyclone.
Should the LPA become a cyclone while inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it will be locally codenamed Florita, Mendoza said.
Meanwhile, The state weather bureau issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of southwest monsoon which would affect northern and western seaboard of Luzon.
“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” he said.
It added 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 coming from the southwest will prevail over Visayas and from the south to southwest over Mindanao with slight to moderate seas. PNA