MANILA - Tropical depression Egay hovered near the northern tip of Luzon Monday as it enhanced the habagat or southwest monsoon, which will continue to bring rain over large swaths of the country until Tuesday, weather forecasters said.
State weather bureau PAGASA said Egay was "almost stationary" some 195 kilometers east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan at 10 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and 60 kph gusts.
Occasionally heavy monsoon rains on Monday will lash most of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and Western Visayas, while cloudy skies and scattered rains will prevail over Caraga, Davao Region and the rest of Visayas, warned the agency.
On Tuesday, monsoon rains may continue over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Mindoro provinces and Palawan, added PAGASA.
Residents in these areas should be on the lookout for potential floods and landslides, the weather bureau said.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1, it added, was hoisted over the northernmost islands of Batanes and Babuyan, which may be whipped by 30 to 60 kph winds in the next 36 hours.
Egay is expected to weaken into a low pressure area within 12 to 24 hours, said PAGASA.
The office is monitoring another LPA outside the Philippines. Spotted 790 kilometers west of Ilocos Sur province, the weather disturbance may intensify into a storm as it heads to China or Vietnam, said PAGASA senior specialist Chris Perez.
Rains in recent days have pushed up the level of Angat Dam, the main water source of Metro Manila, to 159.85 meters, up from Sunday's 158.64 meters, said Perez.
The latest reading is below the dam's 160-meter critical level.
PAGASA expects 2 to 3 tropical cyclones in July.
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