By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Angat Dam’s water level increased by almost one meter on Sunday, bolstered by recent rains in the afternoon and evening in most parts of the country.
Based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) monitoring as of Sunday, the water level at Angat Dam rose to 162.40 meters from 161.46 meters last Saturday.
PAGASA said the southwest monsoon or “habagat” will prevail over the western sections of Luzon and Visayas.
The whole country will experience cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.
PAGASA warned that sudden rains due to severe thunderstorm activity especially in the afternoon or evening may cause flash floods or landslides in low-lying or mountainous areas.
Two to four tropical cyclones may form in August, based on the PAGASA’s historical record.
So far, the Philippines experienced below normal tropical cyclone activity this year, with only seven tropical cyclones that developed in the past seven months. The country averages 20 tropical cyclones every year.
Generally near normal with patches of above normal rain condition is likely in some portions of Isabela, Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, and Bicol next month.