THE southwest monsoon or “habagat” continues to affect parts of Luzon and Visayas as tropical depression “Marilyn” which recently left Philippine territory may likely re-enter the country, the state-run weather bureau said on Monday.
Based on the early weather forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the southwest monsoon is affecting Central and Southern Luzon, as well as Western Visayas.
It continues to bring cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Western Visayas.
Due to the southwest monsoon, yellow rainfall warning was raised over parts of Zambales, indicating that flooding is possible in low-lying areas.
Pagasa is monitoring a nearby low pressure area (LPA) which previously left the country as Marilyn and may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) again in two days.
“Ang ating LPA na dating bagyong Marilyn, patuloy po nating binabantayan dahil sa loob ng 48 hours, possible po itong bumalik at pumasok muli sa PAR,” weather specialist Meno Mendoza said.
(We are closely monitoring an LPA formerly named tropical depression Marilyn because in the next 48 hours, it may return and re-enter PAR.)
This LPA was located 1,935 kilometers (km) northeast of Basco, Batanes, still outside PAR.
A shallow LPA was also seen 410 km west of Zambales but has low chances of turning into a tropical storm, Mendoza said.
Meanwhile, another nearby tropical storm is also unlikely to enter PAR but was last located at 2,565 km east of Northern Luzon, with winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of 90 kph.
The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms, Pagasa said.