By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Scattered to widespread monsoon rains will continue to affect most parts of the country, particularly the western sections of Luzon and Visayas, including Mindanao over the weekend.
According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) senior weather forecaster Chris Perez, the southwest monsoon or habagat continues to bring rains over Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Zambales, Bataan, and Palawan.
Perez said they are also monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA), which is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) or 1,365 kilometers east of Visayas on Thursday morning.
He said the weather disturbance could enter the PAR by the weekend.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.
PAGASA said the public should remain on alert for possible flash floods or landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains.
Likewise, a cloud cluster east of Mindanao has a potential of developing into an LPA.
Perez said some of the clouds are currently bringing rains over parts of Mindanao.