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Rains, thunderstorms seen in next 5 days

Monsoon rains and thunderstorms are likely for most places, particularly in the western section of Luzon and Visayas over the next five days, according to state weather forecasters.

The heavy rains that have drenched Metro Manila and several parts of Luzon in the past two days brought about by the southwest monsoon or habagat will likely persist until the weekend.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over Metro Manila this Wednesday.

The same scenario is expected over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with rain showers or thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country, PAGASA said.

Today, moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the northern and western sections of Luzon causing the coastal waters along these areas to be moderate to occasionally rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the south to southwest with slight to moderate seas.

PAGASA said Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with rain showers or thunderstorms mostly over the western section due to a weak southwest monsoon until Friday.

By Saturday until Monday, the southwest monsoon will intensify, which is expected to bring occasional light to moderate rains over extreme and western section of Northern Luzon. (Ellalyn de Vera)