By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
A gradual improvement in weather condition is expected in areas that were affected by a low pressure area and intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) over the weekend, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
PAGASA said the LPA over Mindanao has already dissipated on Monday morning, while the ITCZ continues to bring scattered light to moderate rains over the western section of the country.
The areas that may still experience scattered rains are Palawan, Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, and Misamis Occidental.
Meanwhile, the warm and humid easterly winds off the Pacific may bring isolated rain showers and thunderstorms over Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, and Masbate.
As of Monday, PAGASA advised those in areas affected by the ITCZ to take extra precautions against possible flash floods or landslides due to the occurrence of moderate to at times heavy rains.
Those in Southern Luzon and Albay should also remain alert for possible floods or landslides in the event of severe thunderstorms.
PAGASA said Metro Manila and the rest of the country will continue to experience warm and humid weather conditions apart from isolated rain showers in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.
Weather specialist Sheilla Reyes said most areas affected by the LPA and ITCZ can expect improving weather condition from Tuesday until Thursday.
The weather bureau on Monday has not issued a gale warning across the country’s coasts, thus, fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail.