By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Light to moderate monsoon rains will affect Metro Manila, Southern Luzon and Visayas until Friday due to the reinforced southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), typhoon “Noru” northeast of extreme Northern Luzon will continue to pull the moisture-laden southwesterly winds towards the landmass of Luzon and Visayas.
‘Noru’ remains outside the country’s area of responsibility or about 1,575 kilometers east-northeast of extreme Northern Luzon before Wednesday noon.
The possibility of the cyclone entering the country’s area of responsibility remains minimal, as it is headed towards the southern part of Japan.
The strong cyclone has maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 205 kph. It is moving slowly at 10 kph.
PAGASA said Noru has no direct effect over any part of the country but the typhoon will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Southern Luzon and Visayas until Friday.
Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorm will prevail over the rest of the country.
PAGASA said moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the northern and western section of Luzon causing the coastal waters along these areas to be moderate to occasionally rough.