• Southwest monsoon continues to dump rains over Luzon


    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday that southwest monsoon continues to bring rains in most parts of Luzon.

    PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” now affecting Luzon is known to bring intermittent to continuous rains. It is also the prevailing wind system during the rainy season.

    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.

    For Thursday forecast, Escullar said Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Cavite and Batangas will experience cloudy skies with occasional rains.

    She added Soccskargen and Davao Region will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms due to wind convergence.

    Escullar said Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of southwest monsoon which would affect the northern and eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central and Southern 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,” it warned.

    PAGASA also said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the south to southwest over Mindanao.

    The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. PNA


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