PAGASA forecasts rain until the weekend, as LPA and Southwest Monsoon move in!

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, or PAGASA, has reported that the southwest monsoon and a Low Pressure Area will continue to bring rainfall until the weekend. PAGASA warned residents to be alert and take precautions. The LPA last impacted Ilocos Norte, and could intensify even more. This may cause heavy rains to fall in Luzon or Visayas.

The southwest monsoon is also called the Habagat. It is a dominant wind system which brings moist air to the Philippines from the southwest during the rainy seasons. PAGASA has forecast scattered to widespread thunderstorms and rain showers, due to the combined effect of the LPA with the monsoon. These conditions can cause localized flooding, landslides and disruptions of daily activities. For the public’s safety, they should stay up-to-date on official weather reports and follow local authorities’ instructions.

A low-pressure area and the southwest monsoon will affect the weather pattern in Southern Luzon.

Rhea Torres, a PAGASA meteorologist, said that the LPA had been spotted as recently as 3 am 295 km east of Infanta in Quezon.

Metro Manila, Visayas and Northern Mindanao as well as Caraga and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao are expected to experience cloudy skies and scattered thunderstorms for the next few days.

Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN and Davao City will also have partly cloudy skies to clouds with isolated rainshowers.

The weather bureau has also warned about possible flash flooding or landslides as a result of moderate to sometimes heavy rains.

“Magdala po tayo ng payong, magdala na rin tayo ng bota at mga raincoat dahil sa posibleng pagbaha para hindi naman tayo maging basang sisiw pagdating sa ating paaralan o trabaho pati na rin sa ating kabahayan,” Torres said.