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Philippine Weather Forecast: Western parts of Luzon to experience monsoon rains this long weekend


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.