What caused heavy rains on July 13? Southwest Monsoon & LPA Effect
On the 13th of July, the Philippines was hit by heavy rains due to the southwest Monsoon combined with a Low Pressure Area (LPA). This combination of weather systems caused widespread rainfall throughout the country causing weather-related disruptions and incidents. The southwest monsoon is also called the Habagat Season and is characterized as an inflow of moist, warm air from the southwest. When the warm air interacts and the cooler air of the LPA, rain clouds are formed, resulting in heavy downpours.
Philippines was affected by the effects of the wet July 13, with flooding, landslides and other water related incidents occurring in several areas. Due to the rising water levels on roads, commuting became extremely difficult. Schools and offices had to suspend their operations in order to ensure the safety of students and staff. Residents were sometimes forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in safer areas. The combination of southwest monsoon with LPA demonstrated the power of nature and the importance of preparedness and response to reduce the impact of such weather.
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PAGASA urges all areas affected by the southwest low pressure and monsoon to be alert for flash flooding and landslides Thursday, July 13.
MANILA, Philippines – Floods and landslides are possible on Thursday, July 13, as a low pressure area (LPA) and the southwest monsoon or Habagat Rain is expected in many parts of the Philippines.
In its forecast for early Thursday, PAGASA said the LPA is already 295 km east of Infanta, Quezon.
PAGASA Weather specialist Patrick del Mundo says the LPA is unlikely to become a tropical cyclone within the next 24 hour, but that it could head towards the Aurora/Quezon area.
If the LPA turns into a tropical storm, it will be the fourth in 2023 for the country and the first one for July. The local name for the storm would be Dodong.
For the second day in a row, the southwest monsoon still affects Southern Luzon and the Visayas.
The combined effects of the LPA, the Southwest Monsoon and scattered showers and storms are expected to continue throughout Thursday.
- Zamboanga Peninsula
- Northern Mindanao
- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
These regions could also experience isolated rain or thunderstorms Thursday due to the southwest Monsoon.
PAGASA warned affected areas to be on the lookout for flash flooding and landslides.
Rain may continue until the weekend in Luzon and Visayas.
The Philippines rainy season Since June, the southwest monsoon season has been ongoing. – Rappler.com