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Moderate to heavy rain expected over north, west Luzon areas – PAGASA

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Weather service PAGASA reported in a Tuesday morning forecast that western Luzon would be under the influence of the southwest monsoon, which was being enhanced by the typhoon internationally named Soulik.

Typhoon Soulik was outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility,  1,360 kilometers northeast of extreme northern Luzon at 3 a.m.

Soulik had 160 kilometer per hour sustained winds and gusts of up to 195 kph, and was moving west-northwest at 20 kph.

Because of the enhanced southwest monsoon, moderate to occasionally heavy rain could be expected over the Ilocos and Cordillera Administrative Regions, the Batanes, the Babuyan Islands, Zambales, and Bataan.

The monsoon would also be responsible for the cloudy conditions accompanied with scattered rain and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, the rest of Central Luzon, the Calabarzon Region, the Mindoro provinces, and northern Palawan.

The rest of  the country could meanwhile expect partly cloudy to cloudy conditions and isolated rainshowers.

Winds would be strong to gale force from the southwest over extreme northern Luzon, where coastal waters would be rough to very rough.

Over the rest of Luzon, winds would be moderate to strong from the southwest with moderate to rough sea conditions along surrounding waters.

Winds over the Visayas and Mindanao would be light to moderate from the southwest with slight to moderate coastal waters.

PAGASA also reported that a Severe Tropical Storm Cimaron was  2,595  kms east of extreme northern Luzon and also outside the PAR.

Cimaron had 105 kph winds which could gust up to130 kph, and was making its way northwest at 20 kph. — DVM, GMA News

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