MANILA – State weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country might continue experiencing heavy rains until midweek.
In an interview with PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio on Saturday, he said the heavy rains enhanced by the southwest monsoon (habagat) may prevail for the next five days.
“A low pressure area (LPA) which is outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) enhances the southwest monsoon,” Aurelio explained.
He added that for Sunday’s forecast, PAGASA expects more monsoon rains over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas.
Aurelio emphasized that these areas must be cautious about possible floods and landslides.
Occasional rains will prevail over the rest of Ilocos region, Cordillera Administrative Region, the rest of central Luzon, Mimaropa and western Visayas.
Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over the rest of Luzon and Visayas.
Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms, PAGASA added.
Moderate to strong winds will blow from southwest over the entire archipelago, and the country’s coastal waters will be moderate to rough.