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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2 - 12:21 p.m.) The red alert at La Mesa dam has been downgraded to yellow after the 5 a.m. water level of 79.52 meters, or just 63 centimeters below the overspill level of 80.15 meters, subsided to 79.49 meters.
The state weather bureau has warned of a wet State of the Nation Address on Monday.
Weather forecaster Fernando Cada told InterAksyon there is a high chance of rains over Metro Manila Monday afternoon due to the prevailing southwest monsoon or habagat.
Early Monday, light to moderate rains fell in Quezon City, where President Benigno Aquino III will deliver his third SONA.
Unlike bigger dams, La Mesa doesn't have a “gate” and simply overflows into the Tullahan River.
If this happens, several areas in Quezon City like San Bartolome, Sta. Quiteria and Quirino Highway might be affected by flooding. Areas in Valenzuela and Caloocan may also be affected.
Meanwhile, the Binga dam has already opened two gates as the water level inches close to its normal water level of 575 m.
PAGASA also reported a developing storm 1,170 kilometers east of Mindanao that threatens to bring rains to that area. But most of Monday’s rains will be concentrated in the western sections of Luzon and the Visayas.
Cada said they are monitoring the low-pressure area near the Marianas Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
While still far from the country, Cada said the LPA might enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday.
Between two and three storms are expected to visit the country in July.