Southwest monsoon continues to drench parts of Luzon, Palawan

MANILA – Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan will experience more rains due to the southwest monsoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday.

In its 4 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA also reported that the rest of the country will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms caused by a low pressure area (LPA) and the southwest monsoon.

It said the LPA, as of 3 p.m., was estimated based on all available data at 190 kilometers west southwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated at 735 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

The weather bureau added that there are active tropical cyclones outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility — tropical storms Chan-Hom and Linfa — as of 3 p.m. Sunday.

Chan-Hom’s center location is at 2,310 km northeast of extreme Northern Luzon with up to 90 kph gustiness and maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center, moving east southeastward at 10 kph.

Linfa’s center location is at 1,230 km west of Central Luzon with up to 90 kph. It packs gustiness and maximum sustained winds at 75 kph near the center, moving westward at 20 kph.

It warned the public against possible flash floods and landslides during heavy rains.

Moderate to strong winds will blow all over the country while coastal waters will be slight to moderate. (PNA)