By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Parts of Luzon and Visayas may continue to experience rains until the weekend due to rain-inducing weather systems that will continue to prevail over the country.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), tropical depression “Nimfa” is moving slowly northeast and was estimated at 745 kilometers (km) east-northeast of Basco, Batanes mid-Wednesday afternoon.
It has also maintained its maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 70 kph.
Meanwhile, the low pressure area (LPA) west of Luzon was spotted in the vicinity of Sto. Tomas, La Union on Wednesday afternoon. This weather system will likely merge with the trough or advancing clouds of Nimfa within 48 hours.
PAGASA weather specialist Loriedin de la Cruz said Nimfa and the LPA continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” that contribute to the rains being felt over a large portion of Luzon and Western Visayas.
Frequent light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will still prevail over Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo and Guimaras.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rains with intermittent heavy rain showers during thunderstorms will affect Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Quezon, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bulacan, Oriental Mindoro, and Marinduque.
Scattered rains and isolated thunderstorms are expected over the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.
De la Cruz advised residents in these areas, especially those in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides to take precautionary measures.
Sea travel also remains risky, especially for small sea crafts, over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to potentially rough to very rough sea conditions triggered by the cyclone and habagat.
Most of the other seaboards of the country will remain moderate to rough.
De la Cruz said Nimfa has a minimal chance of making landfall over any part of the Philippines but may continue to boost the effects of habagat until the weekend. Light to moderate rains may possibly persist across Luzon until weekend.
PAGASA is also not ruling out the possibility the Nimfa may further intensify into a tropical storm in the coming days, she pointed out.
Should the cyclone maintain its current track, Nimfa is expected to be outside the country’s area of responsibility by Saturday.