MANILA—Occasional rains will persist throughout the week over Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon due to the southwest monsoon or habagat, the state weather bureau said Wednesday.
PAGASA weather specialist Shelly Ignacio said the southwest monsoon will be enhanced by the tropical storm located outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
In its 5 a.m. advisory, the storm carrying the international name Jongdari was last spotted at 1,515 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon.
It is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at a speed of 15 kph.
Ignacio said there is a slim chance the storm will enter the country.
Should it enter PAR, the storm will be named Karding.
Occasional rains are expected over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Western Visayas.
The Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas, meanwhile, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers.
Continuous rains have already forced the cancellation of classes in some provinces.
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