By Juzel L. Danganan
MANILA, July 14 (PNA) — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned against possible flash floods and landslides in the Ilocos region and Benguet province from Tuesday to Wednesday due to the southwest monsoon-induced rains.
In its 5 p.m. Weather Bulletin Tuesday, which is a 24-hour forecast, PAGASA said “monsoon rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides will be experienced over the Ilocos region and the province of Benguet.”
The southwest monsoon — better-known as “hanging habagat” — brings rains to the country from April to October.
PAGASA also said occasional rains will occur in the Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and the rest of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Other parts of the country, including Metro Manila, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms.
The rest of the archipelago will also experience moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest, causing seas to be moderate to rough.
Meanwhile, PAGASA has issued a gale warning over the seaboards of Luzon, adding that strong-to-gale force winds are expected due to the southwest monsoon.
It advised fishing boats and other smaller seacraft not to head out to sea, while also warning larger sea vessels against huge waves. (PNA)