• TS ‘Mario’ leaves PH, ‘habagat’ to bring rain over Northern Luzon

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    Except in extreme Northern Luzon, most parts of the country will experience fair weather as tropical storm “Mario” is already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday.

    PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) that tropical storm “Mario” has exited the PAR around 12 midnight and is headed towards eastern China.

    However, despite exiting the country it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon that is now affecting the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon as the agency issued gale warning in these areas.

    “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.

    He added with the effects of southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat,” the prevailing wind system during the rainy season, is affecting the extreme Northern Luzon.

    He also said Batanes, Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands and the provinces of Ilocos Nort and Ilocos Sur will have cloudy skies with occasional rains.

    He added rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will have sunny to cloudy skies with possible isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms.

    Meanwhile, Cada said they are now monitoring a cloud cluster outside the PAR which is expected to develop into LPA in the coming days.

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

    Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to west with slight to moderate seas. PNA

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