Monsoon rains to prevail over Metro Manila, major parts of Luzon in the next 24 hours – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 21, 2021   •   243

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila and major parts of Luzon are experiencing heavy rains due to the southwest monsoon being enhanced by two tropical cyclones present near the country.

Based on the latest weather report by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Fabian which is currently within the east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes may not directly bring heavy rains to the country.

But its impact, combined with tropical storm Cempaka estimated at 1,030 km west of extreme Northern Luzon is bringing monsoon rains specifically over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and the northern portion of Palawan (including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands) and Metro Manila.

Nevertheless, no tropical cyclone wind signal is currently in effect in any parts of the country.

PAGASA explained that due to the uncertainty in the track forecast of Typhoon Fabian, the hoisting of Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 over Batanes and Babuyan Islands remains a possibility.

Residents and disaster managers in Batanes and Babuyan Islands are advised to continuously monitor the tropical cyclone bulletins.

Meanwhile, rough to very rough seas with waves from 2.5m to 4.5 m will be experienced over the seaboards of Batanes and Babuyan Islands, and the western seaboard of Palawan (including Kalayaan and Calamian Islands) and Occidental Mindoro (including Lubang Islands) in the next 24 hours.

Moderate to rough seas with waves up to 1.5m to 3.0m will also prevail over the eastern and the rest of the northern and western seaboards of Luzon.

Thus, sea travel is risky for small seacrafts over these waters. Mariners without the proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor.

On the forecast track, PAGASA said Typhoon Fabian is expected to pass close or make landfall in the vicinity of Yaeyama, Miyako, and Senkaku Islands of the Ryukyu Archipelago on Friday before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday (24 July) morning.

LPA develops into Tropical Depression Gorio – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area being monitored by PAGASA developed into a tropical depression at 8:00 AM Wednesday (August 4) and was given the local name Gorio.

According to PAGASA’s latest bulletin, TD Gorio is unlikely to cause a direct impact on the country’s weather condition throughout the forecast period.

Likewise, the hoisting of any tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) over any land area in the country is less likely.

However, the southwest monsoon will remain as the prevailing weather system which may bring moderate to heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region and some parts of the Central and Southern Luzon.

On the forecast track, the tropical depression will continue to move towards the East Northeast direction in the next 12 hours.

TD Gorio is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 12 hours and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday morning (August 5).

Occasional rains to prevail over Metro Manila, parts of Luzon — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Residents in Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon will experience occasional rains throughout Wednesday (August 4).

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the effects of the Southwest Monsoon will also bring occasional rains over Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, northern Palawan including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region and of Cagayan Valley.

Meanwhile, the areas of Ilocos Region, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Zambales, and Bataan will experience monsoon rains which may cause potential floods and landslides.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms also due to the impact of the Southwest Monsoon.

At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) was located 550 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes or 735 km West of Extreme Northern Luzon.

The weather system has no direct impact on any part of the country as of press time.

LPA outside PAR may develop into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), based on its latest weather bulletin on Tuesday (August 3).

As of 10:00 AM, the LPA was located 550 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes and is likely to develop into a tropical depression within the next 48 hours.

It is moving northeastward towards PAR’s northern boundary.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon remains the dominating weather system affecting the country today.

In the next 24 hours, there will be moderate to heavy rains over the Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Batanes, and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Likewise, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Occidental Mindoro, Batangas, Cavite, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley.

Under these conditions, flash floods and rain-induced landslides are possible during heavy or prolonged rainfall, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

The public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to take appropriate measures and watch for the next update on this weather system.

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