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Mindanao will experience rainy weather due to the prevailing intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ). Light to moderate rain showers are expected over Davao Region, CARAGA and Northern Mindanao. The remaining parts of the country may expect possible thunderstorm formation today.

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As the metropolis gears up for the largest earthquake drill to be held in the National Capital Region today, PAGASA forecasts partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the following hours.

In order to make citizens aware of what to do when a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Metro Manila occurs, as a result West Valley Fault’s movement, Panahon TV released tips and guidelines.

Know more here:

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Typhoon Goring, with international name Halola, is still in the northeastern corner of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Its center was estimated at 1,235 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes. It packs a maximum wind strength of 145 kph near the center and gustiness of 180 kph. It moves westward at 15 kph.

Since the typhoon is far from the Philippine landmass, no public storm warning signal has been raised. However, as it moves towards Southern Japan, PAGASA predicts its possible enhancement of the southwest monsoon late this weekend, resulting to?

Meanwhile, the low Pressure Area (LPA) near the archipelago continues to bring rains over the northern provinces.

The LPA was spotted at 130 kms east northeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. State Meteorologist Samuel Duran said it has a low chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone. There is also the possibility of it merging with Goring instead consequently enhancing the Southwest monsoon.

In the meantime, this weather disturbance will bring cloudy skies with rains and thunderstorms over the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Ilocos Norte and the islands of Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan. On the other hand, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms.

This weather condition remains likely this weekend, with the exception of the extreme northern Luzon area, which may experience monsoon rains due to possible the Goring-enhanced habagat.

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In other news, only three days to go before the final State of the Nation Address of Philippine President Benigno Ninoy Aquino III.

The Department of Education released a list of schools that will have no classes on Monday to avoid traffic congestion:

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On the other hand, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority also revealed their re-routing scheme on the said event:

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At 4:00 AM today, the low pressure area (LPA) was spotted at 185 kilometers east- northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. This weather disturbance will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.

Since we are still in the monsoon break, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience generally fair weather aside from the possible isolated thunderstorms.

No gale warning was issued today but fishing boats and other small seacraft are still advised to be alert against moderate to rough sea conditions over the Northern Luzon. The rest of the archipelago will have slight to moderate seas.

Meanwhile, PAGASA also monitors “Halola,” which has already intensified into a typhoon. Based on the latest data from the weather bureau, it was located at 1,935 kilometers east- northeast of extreme Northern Luzon. Packing winds of 140 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 170 kilometers per hour, it is expected to head towards the southern part of Japan.

PAGASA Weather Forecaster Jun Galang says Halola still has a slim chance of entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR.) It is also expected to merge with the LPA within the boundary. However, all are still advised to monitor updates.

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As more schools shift their academic calendars from the traditional June-March to August-May, more students will have classes during the blistering summer heat–which means their vacation will now coincide with the monsoon rains. With this, plans for a sunshine-filled break just won’t cut it anymore. But students, take heart! Even if it’s pouring outside, you can still make your rainy vacation worthwhile.


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Now, there’s no better excuse to bum around at home with a good movie and a bowl of freshly made popcorn. Curl up in your bed and watch movies you missed in theaters, or catch up on your favorite TV shows.


Pamper yourself
Soothe your aching body with a trip to the spa. Relax beneath the expert hands of a masseuse, and sweat out your stress in the sauna. Go all out and get your nails and hair done.


Experiment in the kitchen
Since rainy days are almost synonymous to staying home, why don’t you try and improve your culinary expertise by whipping up something you’ve never cooked before? You can also look for a new recipe or reinvent an old dish. Here are some dishes we love to eat this rainy season.


Arrange trips to the museum
Enjoy a blast from the past and plan a trip to the museum. Feast your eyes on visually filling masterpieces and educate yourself on various cultures.


Make time for reading
Whether you’re conquering the Iron Throne in Westeros or leading the rebellion in Panem—whatever your book of choice is, now is the time to let your imagination run wild with the written word. If you don’t have a dusty pile of unread books, take a trip to the nearest library and get lost in the authors’ awesome worlds and words.


Sweat out by doing some indoor exercises
Staying home doesn’t mean being an unhealthy couch potato. Achieve your fitness goals by doing some indoor exercise like Pilates or yoga. You may also follow an instructional disc of Zumba or search Youtube for a sample workout video to burn off those vacation calories.


Ride the waves
You may still go to the beach even when it’s raining as the season promises more waves to ride for surfers. Be extra cautious though as there might be threats of storm surges. It’s best to err on the side of caution; cancel your surfing expedition when the waves look too big or rowdy for you to conquer. Make sure to listen to weather advisories, and choose an able companion when planning your trip.


Get your game on
Scream along with your buddies while playing a video game, and enjoy the thrill that comes with finishing each level. If you prefer being old school, you may also take out your board games or a deck of cards. Don’t forget your supply of snacks to make the day complete.


Organize tea parties with your besties
This activity can be fun for both girls and guys. Enjoy a traditional tea party by crushing your own leaves and preparing tea the traditional way, as opposed to just dipping a teabag into hot water. Let the tea calm your nerves as well as warm your insides while the rain pours outside.


Practice your writing skills
With nothing on your mind, you can finally squeeze out your creative juice. Who knows? You might just be the next J.K. Rowling. If you’re not aiming to be published, you may also write a journal to record memorable events of the day, which you can read years from now.


No need to whine about the calendar shift! Learn how to adapt with the season and make the most out of your rainy break by being creative with your time.

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After several days of dumping rains over Northern and Central Luzon, the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” has finally weakened due to the absence of a weather disturbance within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). The ridge of the high pressure area will prevail today, especially in the extreme Northern Luzon.

Since a high pressure area is associated with good weather, the whole country will experience only partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms. Improved weather is also expected over the flooded areas brought by monsoon rains.

Meanwhile, PAGASA issued a final gale warning for the northern and western seaboards of the Northern Luzon. Fishing boats and other small seacraft are still advised to be cautious against moderate to rough sea condition.

On the other hand, severe Tropical Storm “Halola” was last spotted at 2,450 kilometers east of extreme Northern Luzon. With maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 135 kilometers per hour, it moves west at 15 kilometers per hour. The weather bureau does not omit the possibility of Halola entering our boundary. If it enters the PAR, it could just stay in the northeastern corner and will not have a direct effect on the landmass.

In other news, “apogee” is expected to occur today, July 21, 2105 at 7:02 PM. At approximately 404,387 kilometers, the moon will be at the farthest distance from the earth. Due to its distance, the moon will appear a little smaller than the usual. Gravitational pull will also become weaker, resulting to lower tidal variations.

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Commuting can be a headache that’s bound to get worse during the rainy season. Find out how you can make this necessity more bearable this wet season.

The rainy season makes it harder for Filipinos to commute to work, school or their homes. Traffic buildup and the snaking lines in PUV stations are just some of the things that make it harder to keep your cool while commuting.
But it is also this season when we need take extra care while traveling during stormy weather:

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1. Bring extra footwear. With constant rains come floodwater. Be prepared and bring extra slippers, or better yet, rubber boots to protect your feet when trudging through floods.
2. Always bring an umbrella or a raincoat. Umbrellas are extra handy, especially during the wet season. Bring a raincoat to protect your whole body from strong winds and pelting rain. Be a courteous weather warrior; make sure to shake off the rain before going indoors to prevent the floor from getting wet—something which may lead to accidents. Also be mindful of your dripping umbrellas when entering buses and jeepneys so they won’t get other people wet.
3. Keep your phone charged. Before heading out to work, school or going back home, make sure your phone is fully charged in case you need to contact someone during emergencies.
4. Avoid the rush hour. If possible, leave your home earlier for work or school, and wait out the rain before going home to avoid traffic. Rush hour is generally from 6 am to 9 am, and from 4 pm to 7 pm.
5. Have an extra set of clothes ready. You never know when you will get soaked by heavy rains on the way to work or school. Prepare an extra shirt or set of clothes so you won’t have to endure wearing wet clothes and getting sick.
6. Be wary of slippery surfaces. For commuters who take the train or the bus, slippery surfaces can be dangerous, especially in crowded spaces. Make sure to hold on to railings and to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground.
7. Have your first aid kit ready. Be prepared for emergencies by packing over-the-counter medicines, adhesives and other first aid essentials. Also include snacks like crackers in your kit in case you get stranded.
8. Keep yourself updated on the weather. Check on weather conditions before leaving for your commute. If the rains are strong, it’s better to wait it out rather than braving the streets. Tune in for up-to-the-minute updates from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) or from Panahon TV.
9. Arm yourself with emergency hotlines. If you find yourself or others in danger, make sure to notify emergency response teams or call for help from nearby officials. Have the hotlines ready in your phone’s list of contacts at all times.
10. Stay on high ground. In case it floods in your area, stay in dry, elevated areas and wait for the flood to subside. Do not attempt to cross ankle-deep waters unless you have boots. It is advisable that you stay in your school, office or home if it is safe and notify someone of your whereabouts.

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The southwest monsoon, locally known as “habagat”, will bring heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Benguet, Central Luzon, Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan. Residents are advised against the possibility of flash floods and landslide.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Mindoro, CALABARZON, and the rest of Cordillera and Cagayan Valley will experience occasional rain showers.

The rest of the country will have good weather, coupled with partly cloudy skies and isolated rain showers.

A new low pressure area (LPA) was formed yesterday inside Philippine boundary. At 4 AM, the LPA was located at 870 kms. east northeast of Basco, Batanes. However, according to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Gener Quitlong, the LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone and will dissipate soon before leaving the Philippine boundary.

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The habagat will continue to dump rains, especially over the western section of Luzon. Monsoon rains are expected over the regions of Ilocos and Cordillera and the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. Residents in these areas are advised to closely monitor the news and local announcements due to possible flashfloods and landslides.

Meanwhile, occasional rains are expected over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley and the rest of Central Luzon. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.

PAGASA also released a new gale warning advisory over the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon. The coastal waters of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos provinces, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan and Aurora will be rough to very rough along with strong to gale force winds generated by the southwest monsoon.

In other news, Tropical Storm Halola now packs maximum winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of 100 kph. It moves westward at 10 kph.

According to State Meteorologist Jun Galang, it has a slim chance of entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). However, it might enhance the southwest monsoon next week.

Meanwhile, two cloud clusters are also being monitored outside PAR. One is east of Taiwan, which poses no threat to the Philippines. The other one is being observed in the Pacific, in the far east of Mindanao. Galang says PAGASA is closely monitoring said clusters for its possible development into a low pressure area.

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Monsoon rains will continue over Ilocos Region, Benguet and the islands of Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan. These areas are prone to flashfloods and landslides as the southwest monsoon continues to prevail in the western areas of Luzon.

Occasional rains are expected over the rest of Cordillera and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan as the remaining parts of the country can enjoy fair weather apart from, at times, cloudy skies and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, strong to gale force winds with rough to very rough sea conditions are expected in the following seaboards, making sea travel risky today.

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In other news, Typhoon Nangka is well on its way into Southern Japan, ready to dump rains and gusty winds in its provinces.