'Habagat' to bring rains over several areas in Luzon, Western Visayas; 'fair' weather over rest of P

July 28 ------ The southwest monsoon, locally called “habagat,” will continue to dump rains over most of Luzon and Western Visayas in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Wednesday morning, July 28. PAGASA said scattered to widespread moderate to at times heavy rains may prevail over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Apayao, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, and Occidental Mindoro.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may also persist in Metro Manila, rest of Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Abra, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Tarlac, Bulacan, Pampanga, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, northern Palawan including Cuyo and Calamian Islands, Antique, and Aklan. Weather specialist Benison Estareja said a cloud cluster east of Luzon is being closely monitored by PAGASA for possible formation into a low pressure area.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country will have generally “fair” weather due to partly cloudy to cloudy conditions but may have isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening. PAGASA advised the public to remain vigilant against possible flash floods or landslides in low-lying or mountainous areas due to saturated soil after several days of continuous rains. Estareja said the southwest monsoon may still prevail over some parts of Luzon in the next few days.

However, he said Metro Manila may see gradually improving weather by Friday, July 30, with chances of isolated afternoon or evening rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Source: mb.com.ph