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MANILA, Philippines - In just a span of 48 hours, the amount of rains brought by the monsoon over Quezon City far exceeded that of the average monthly precipitation in the entire National Capital Region, data from the state weather bureau showed.
Based on the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) observation data, the two-day rainfall amount recorded in their Science Garden reached over 714 millimeters. The average monthly rainfall in NCR for August is 504.2 mm.
At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the rains reached 54.7 mm, which was only slightly lower than the average hourly rains brought by tropical storm Ondoy in 2009. Back then, Ondoy dumped an average 56.83 mm rains for six hours.
Pagasa forecaster Ricky Fabregas told InterAksyon that although the rains won't be as hard on Thursday, the soil has already become saturated after weeks of continuous downpour over Luzon, which will aggravate flooding.
Fabegas said the weather will "gradually improve" by Saturday, although heavy downpour may still be experienced at night and early morning coupled with lightning and thunder as the southwest monsoon or Habagat still prevails.