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‘Habagat’ to fill up Angat Dam

Rains have remained elusive for Angat Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan for more than a week, but a re-enhanced southwest monsoon or “habagat” could help the water reservoir in its gradual recovery.

As of yesterday morning, Angat Dam’s water level was 159.15 meters, further down from 159.45 meters last Saturday. The low-level outlet of Angat Dam is being utilized since the water reservoir reached its 160-meter critical level last July 11.

On the other hand, the water level at La Mesa Dam in Quezon City continues to increase at 72.26 meters yesterday, up from 72.16 meters last Saturday.

However, both the major water sources of Metro Manila remain below their normal level at 180 meters for Angat Dam and 80.15 meters for La Mesa Dam.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, the habagat could strengthen as the low-pressure area east of Visayas moves closer to the country this week.

The LPA remains outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility or 1,345 kilometers east of Visayas as of yesterday morning.

PAGASA weather specialist Gener Quitlong said the LPA will likely be inside the PAR last night or this morning.

It is still seen to intensify into a tropical depression tomorrow, and to be given a local name “Falcon,” Quitlong said.

So far, the brewing tropical cyclone is less likely to make landfall over any part of the Philippines, but PAGASA continues to monitor developments as regards this weather disturbance, he added.

The LPA is still far from the country but its trough or extension may bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao today.

The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (Ellalyn Ruiz)