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After the exit of Tropical Cyclone Emong, no weather disturbance is within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Although PAGASA has observed group of clouds within the country’s premises, these are not considered a weather disturbance yet. Today, rains are more likely to be triggered by the Monsoon Trough that affects Luzon and Visayas.
Residents of Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Central Luzon, CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and Western Visayas are advised to prepare for cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, the rest of the country can expect partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said that the Monsoon Trough has no effect on sea conditions. “Ang ating karagatan sa buong kapuluan ay magiging banayad hanggang sa katamtaman ang pag-alon kaya ligtas namang makakapamalaot ang ating mga mangingisda,” Mendoza explained.
Last year, two tropical cyclones entered the PAR in the month of July. These include Typhoon “Butchoy” and Tropical Storm “Carina”. Butchoy did not hit the land but enhanced the Southwest Monsoon, bringing heavy rains and flooding in Luzon. Meanwhile, Carina made landfall in Northern Luzon, leaving damage and thousands of stranded passengers.
This year, Tropical Storm Emong became the first tropical cyclone in July. PAGASA said two more are expected to develop within this month.