Typhoon “Dindo” (international name “Lionrock”) has moved farther away from the country but will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” that will bring monsoon rains over parts of the country this week.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration estimated the location of Dindo at 1,230 kilometers east-northeast of Itbayat, Batanes before noon yesterday.
It is packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 195 kph. Should it maintain its current speed and direction of 15 kph east-northeast, Dindo will be outside the country’s area of responsibility early today.
PAGASA said the enhanced southwest monsoon will bring rains over Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, and Palawan today.
Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of Luzon, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorm are expected over the rest of the country.
Tomorrow until Tuesday, light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Northern Luzon and the western section of Central Luzon due to the southwest monsoon.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies in the morning and becoming cloudy in the afternoon with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. (Ellalyn B. de Vera)