By Andrea Aro
The southwest monsoon or “habagat” will bring more rains to Metro Manila and parts of Luzon on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said.
As of 3:00 a.m., the center of tropical storm ‘Nimfa’ was spotted at 580 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km/h.
PAGASA weather specialist Lorie Dela Cruz said Nimfa may intensify into a severe tropical storm while heading towards the southwest portion of Japan.
According to Dela Cruz, Nimfa will still enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” even while outside the country.
Metro Manila and Central Luzon will experience occasional rains due to the southwest monsoon.
Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) and the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon will also experience occasional rains due to the southwest monsoon.
The rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms also due to habagat.
Visayas and Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
The forecast wind speed for Luzon is moderate to strong moving west to southwest while coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Visayas and Mindanao wind speed is moderate to strong moving southwest while coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Nimfa is the country’s 14th tropical cyclone this year and the fourth in September after Tropical Depression “Marilyn.”
PAGASA earlier said that at least two to four tropical cyclones are expected to enter PAR this month.
Based on historical records, the country gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually. (With a report from Alexandria San Juan)