MANILA – The southwest monsoon (habagat) being enhanced by a low pressure area (LPA) is expected to bring rains over Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
PAGASA issued a yellow (heavy) rainfall advisory over Bataan and portions of Zambales and Pampanga at 5 a.m.
Under yellow rainfall advisory, 7.5 to 15 millimeters of rains are observed in the past hour and is expected to last for two more hours. Flooding is possible in areas where this warning is raised.
PAGASA added that light to moderate rains are expected over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, and portions of Rizal, Batangas, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac.
Meanwhile, the LPA spotted 65 kilometers northwest of Basco, Batanes as of 4 a.m. continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing sustained rains over Luzon, according to PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran.
Duran said the LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone as of the moment, but the state weather bureau is not discounting any changes in this forecast.
Meanwhile, in its 24-hour weather advisory for Tuesday, PAGASA said Luzon will experience monsoon rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms.
PAGASA has yet to officially declare the start of the wet season. The announcement may be made soon, as four of the eight weather stations of PAGASA have already accumulated 25-millimeter rainfall for three consecutive days.
Only one more station is needed to achieve this requirement in order for the weather bureau to declare the start of the wet season.