TD-enhanced southwest monsoon to bring more rains to PH

MANILA The southwest monsoon, enhanced by Tropical Depression "Henry", will bring more rains over the country on Tuesday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

In its "Henry update" on Monday afternoon, PAGASA issued tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 over Batanes, northern Cagayan, Babuyan group of islands, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte due to the tropical depression.

PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas forecasts that these areas will experience occasional rains with gusty winds.

The state weather bureau warned of possible flooding and landslides due to light to moderate with occasional heavy rains in these areas.

Winds in these areas will likely have very light or no damage to low-risk structures, light damage to medium to high-risk structures, slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities, broken small twigs, and significant damage to rice crops.

Rojas further advised fisher folks and those with small boats not to head out to sea due to the gusty winds.

As of 4 p.m., Henry was last spotted 180 kilometers east-southeast of Calayan, Cagayan and is moving west at 35 km per hour.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 75 kph.

Henry is expected to make its landfall in the Babuyan group of islands on Monday evening and further forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday morning.

PAGASA also forecast monsoon rains in Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Palawan, and Western Visayas in the next 24 hours. It also cautioned of possible flooding and landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains in these areas.

Other areas will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms caused by the southwest monsoon. PAGASA similarly warned of possible flooding and landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, two other low-pressure areas (LPAs) were spotted around the country on Monday, with one located 200 km east-southeast of Calayan, Cagayan as of 4 p.m. and the other spotted 1,070 km south of Infanta, Quezon as of 1 p.m.

The western section of Luzon will also have moderate to rough coastal waters, while extreme northern Luzon will have moderate to rough coastal waters.

Other areas will experience slight to moderate coastal waters.

PAGASA sees a temperature range of 16-34C across the country until Friday.

On Monday, PAGASA recorded a peak temperature of 28.6C and a minimum temperature of 23C. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency