MANILA, July 15 (PNA) — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is cautioning the public against “hanging habagat”-induced rains that might cause flash floods and landslides in the Ilocos region and Benguet.
In its 5 p.m. Weather Bulletin on Wednesday, 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” — dumps rain in the country from April to October.
PAGASA also said occasional rains will occur in the Cagayan Valley, the rest of the Cordilleras, and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan.
Other parts of the country, including Metro Manila, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms.
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 Northern and Central Luzon, saying strong-to- gale force winds are expected there from “hanging habagat.”
It advises fishing boats and other all seacraft not to head out to sea, while also warning larger sea vessels against huge waves. (PNA)