By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
The water level at Angat Dam continued to rise on Sunday—but only slightly.
Based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s monitoring (PAGASA) as of Sunday morning, the Angat Dam’s water level was 161.45 meters, slightly higher by 10 centimeters from last Saturday’s 161.35 meters.
It can be considered just a slight improvement as compared to the past two days, where Angat Dam’s water level increased by more than two meters.
It is higher than the 160-meter critical level but still way lower than the 180-meter minimum dam operating level and 210-meter normal high water level.
PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said a weak southwest monsoon or “habagat” will persist over Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region this Monday.
Meanwhile, the rest of the country can expect fair weather throughout the day, he added.
Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Apayao will have cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.
PAGASA continues to warn the public of possible sudden rains that may cause flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.
Throughout the week, the weather bureau said the habagat will be temporarily weak, while a ridge of high pressure area or an anti-cyclone system will be the dominant weather system to affect Luzon.
The whole country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with some isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.