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Monsoon rains today in Northern Luzon

Moderate to heavy monsoon rains will persist across most parts of Northern Luzon and some areas in western Luzon due to the surge of the southwest monsoon or “ha­bagat” today.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said tropi­cal depression “Luis” has weak­ened into a low-pressure area as it moved towards southern China.

Luis was estimated at 560 ki­lometers northwest of Basco, Batanes or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

The LPA spotted northeast of Basco, as well as Luis, are now embedded in the monsoon trough across southern China and Tai­wan.

PAGASA said the habagat will continue to bring scattered mod­erate to heavy rains in Zambales, Bataan, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilo­cos Sur, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province.

The public, especially those liv­ing near river channels, low-lying areas, and mountainous areas, should still take precaution against possible flooding and landslides due to saturated soil after several days of continuous rains.

PAGASA said the rest of Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley will ex­perience cloudy skies with scat­tered rains and thunderstorms due to habagat. (Ellalyn V. Ruiz)