Rainy long weekend seen with storm brewing off Ilocos


Posted at Aug 31 2017 08:40 AM

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MANILA - A low pressure area or brewing storm off the Ilocos Region in the northwest will enhance monsoon rains over large swaths of the country over the long weekend, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

The weather system may develop into a tropical storm within the next 24 to 48 hours, but by that time, it would have left the Philippine Area of Responsibility, said PAGASA meteorologist Meno Mendoza.

Tropical storm "Jolina" (international name: Pakhar) slammed the northeastern coast of Luzon last week, causing floods in some areas.

The low pressure area was last spotted 95 kilometers northwest of Laoag, Ilocos Norte early Thursday. It will enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat until Saturday, PAGASA said.

Occasionally heavy rains are expected in the Batanes and Babuyan islands while light to moderate rains are expected in Metro Manila, Cordillera, Central Valley, the rest of Cagayan, and the provinces of Mindoro, Cavite and Batangas.

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Friday a non-working holiday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates.

DZMM, 31 August 2017