By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Moderate to at times heavy rains are expected until Friday as the southwest monsoon or “habagat,” enhanced by two tropical cyclones, will continue to affect the whole country.
While tropical storm “Karding” (Yagi) left the country’s area of responsibility last Saturday, it will continue to stir up the southwest monsoon. It was last spotted 905 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes, before Saturday noon, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Shelly Ignacio said.
Aside from Karding, a tropical depression 1,030 kilometers west of extreme Northern Luzon or still outside the country’s responsibility is also enhancing the habagat. But this weather disturbance is not expected to enter the country.
Today, PAGASA said scattered to widespread monsoon rains will prevail over Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, and the western section of Southern Luzon.
In particular, moderate to at times heavy rains is expected over Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal.
Meanwhile, Bicol Region, Western and Eastern Visayas, and Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms.
Mindanao and the rest of Visayas will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms.
This weather scenario will likely prevail until Monday.
PAGASA advised residents in these areas to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides.
It also warned that sea travel remains risky over the western seaboard of Luzon.
PAGASA also noted that another cyclone may develop east of Luzon by Sunday or Monday, which could further enhance the southwest monsoon.
The next cyclone will be named “Luis.”
By Tuesday until Thursday, occasional light to moderate rains to at times heavy rains will be felt over northwestern and northern Luzon, while light to moderate rains will be felt over the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and Western Visayas.
The rest of Visayas will be cloudy with scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms, while Mindanao will be partly cloudy with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.
By Friday, PAGASA said partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light to occasionally moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over western and northern
Luzon, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the rest of Luzon and the entire Visayas.
Mindanao will be partly cloudy with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.