By Ellalyn Ruiz and Marjaleen Ramos
The low-pressure area (LPA) off the West Philippine Sea has left the country’s area of responsibility, but has continued to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat.”
According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio, the LPA has left the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday morning en route to China or Vietnam. But the enhanced habagat will continue to bring monsoon rains over Pangasinan, Zambales, and Bataan.
Meanwhile, cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will still prevail over Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Benguet, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.
PAGASA warned that sudden rains due to severe thunderstorm activity may cause flash floods or landslides in low-lying or mountainous areas.
So far, Aurelio said the weather bureau does not expect the formation of an LPA near or within the Philippine area of responsibility in the next few days.
At least two to four storms are expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) in August.
Monsoon rains over Central Luzon has benefited the Angat Dam in Bulacan as its water level has consistently increased by at least a meter since weekend.
Based on the PAGASA’s monitoring, the water level at Angat Dam rose to 164.39 meters on Tuesday from 163.34 meters last Monday.
Although it is a little over its 160-meter critical level, Angat Dam’s current level remains below the 180-meter minimum operating level and 210-meter normal high water level.