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Government weather forecasters said the low pressure area-induced (LPA) monsoon or “habagat” rains may continue until the weekend, as the LPA could intensify into a tropical cyclone within the next three days.
Before Tuesday noon, the LPA was estimated at 1,200 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan and may remain inside the country’s area of responsibility within the next two to three days.
While inside the country’s vicinity, it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which will bring moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro and northern Palawan.
PAGASA warned the residents in these areas from possible flash floods and landslides.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rains will prevail over Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon.
PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang said rains in the past days can be attributed to the LPA near the tip of Northern Luzon, which pulls the moisture-laden southwest monsoon inland that particularly affected the areas facing the West Philippine Sea. (Ellalyn de Vera)