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LPA near Batangas enhancing monsoon

A new low-pressure area has been spotted near Batangas, enhancing the southwest monsoon or “habagat” affecting parts of Luzon and Visayas, the State weather bureau said yesterday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration spotted the LPA 60 kilometers west of Ambulong, Batangas.

Due to the southwest monsoon, PAGASA said Palawan, Mindoro, and Western Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon caused by localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA said flash floods or landslides are possible in these areas due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains.

The State weather bureau continues to monitor typhoon “Jongdari” which is now at 2,020 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon and outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Jongdari has a maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 145 kph, moving northeast at 20 kph.

PAGASA said that Jongdari would not affect the country or intensify the southwest monsoon as it is moving away from PAR.

Temperature in Metro Manila ranges from 25-30 degrees Celsius; Tuguegarao City, 25-33 degrees Celsius; Baguio City, 16-21 degrees Celsius; Metro Cebu, 26-32 degrees Celsius; and Metro Davao, 25-33 degrees Celsius. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)