Intermittent rains, thunderstorms in Luzon seen

Published August 16, 2020, 12:05 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Two low pressure areas (LPAs) and the southwest monsoon may bring intermittent rains and thunderstorms over almost the entire Luzon within 24 hours, based on the latest weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The LPAs were spotted at 160 kilometers (km) east of Tuguegarao City and 135 km west-northwest of Dagupan City at around 3 p.m. Sunday. 

The weather disturbances may bring scattered light to moderate rains with occasional heavy rains during thunderstorms over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Abra, Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Quezon within the next 24 hours.

Scattered rains and thunderstorms may also be felt in Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal due to the southwest monsoon or “habagat.” 

Meanwhile, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will continue to have “fair” weather due to partly cloudy to cloudy skies. However, sudden but short-lived rain showers may be experienced in the afternoon or evening when localized thunderstorms tend to be more active.

PAGASA advised the public to remain vigilant in the event of heavy or prolonged rainfall as flooding and landslides are possible especially those to be in a high-risk of these hazards.

A gale warning has not been issued on Sunday thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail across the country’s coast.

However, PAGASA advised the fisherfolk and those using small boats to take extra precautions during the occurrence of severe thunderstorms offshore, which are most often accompanied by strong winds that may cause big waves.