The state weather bureau has advised farmers to continue cleaning drainage systems and irrigation canals in preparation for heavy rains from thunderstorms expected in the next 10 days.
The PAGASA said it is expecting a low-pressure area (LPA) and the southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’ to affect the country until Wednesday.
“The Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Zamboanga and the Visayas will have cloudy skies with rain showers and thunderstorms,” it said in its forecast for the next few days.
The Mimaropa Region, Bicol Region, Calabarzon and Western Visayas will also experience rain showers and thunderstorms, it added.
The northern and western sections of Luzon will likely experience rain showers and thunderstorms towards the end of the month, while good weather will prevail in the rest of the country, although isolated rain showers or thunderstorms are still possible, PAGASA noted.
The bureau thus urged farmers to check for weak structures of farm houses, barns, poultry and piggery houses and make repairs if necessary.
Various areas in Luzon experienced several thunderstorms earlier this month.
Luzon also reeled from flooding due to downpour brought by the ‘habagat’, with authorities reporting death and destruction.
Over the next 10 days, Cagayan Valley, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Central Luzon are expected to experience 25 mm to 250 mm of rainfall, according to the weather bureau.
According to PAGASA, Ilocos and Central Luzon will have 0.1 mm or more of rain in four to eight days of the 10-day period, followed by Cagayan Valley and Calabarzon with two to eight days.
An average two to six rainy days are possible in Metro Manila, CAR, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Negros Island Region and Eastern Visayas, it said.
The bureau expects light to moderate winds and slight to moderate seas nationwide during the period’s early days.
“Afterwards, moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and the Visayas with moderate to rough seas,” noted PAGASA.
Light to moderate winds and slight to moderate seas are likely in the rest of the country, it added. (PNA)