Two tropical cyclones enhance southwest monsoon affecting PH — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 19, 2021   •   204

MANILA, Philippines – The southwest monsoon is bringing heavy rains to some parts of the country with the presence of two tropical cyclones in the western Pacific.

As of 3:00 am Monday (July 19), the center of tropical storm Fabian (International name Infa) was estimated at 1,100 km east northeast of extreme northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 105 km/h.

It is moving north northwestward at 10 km/h.

Meanwhile, an active tropical cyclone was spotted outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 900km West of Extreme Northern Luzon.

It is moving slowly towards west northwest with sustained winds of 55km/h and gustiness of up to 70/h.

Both tropical cyclones have no effect over the country.

However, they enhance the southwest monsoon bringing scattered to widespread to at times heavy rains with possible flashfloods and landslides over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan.

Also, cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will bring moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and Western Visayas.

Meanwhile, Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with rain showers or thunderstorms may possibly cause landslides in areas of Mindanao and the rest of Visayas.

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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