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MANILA, Philippines – The state weather bureau downgraded the rainfall warning over Metro Manila from orange to yellow on Sunday as the enhanced southwest monsoon or Habagat prevailed over most of Luzon.
According to the state weather bureau, the Yellow Warning will remain hoisted over Metro Manila till 11 pm as moderate to heavy rains were observed in Pasig and Manila starting just after 8 pm.
Under the yellow warning, flooding is imminent in low-lying areas as rains of more than 7.5 mm are recorded.
Based on data from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the heaviest rains were recorded from 2-3pm at their Science Garden in Quezon City. Between 2 and 3 pm, about 15 mm of rains fell over QC. This dropped tp 5.7 mm in the following hour.
Meanwhile, Manila recorded rains of 16 mm between 2 and 3 pm. The total cumulative rains from 12nn-4pm went up to 55.6 mm.
With these rains, some of the major thoroughfares were flooded although not with the same level as that seen on Saturday morning, where some roads in EDSA and Manila were not passable.
According to PAGASA forecaster Samuel Duran, the Habagat rains will persist till Tuesday. The Habagat was enhanced as Typhoon Karen slipped out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, Saturday.
Rains associated with the southwest monsoon usually occur at night till the early hours of the morning and are usually accompanied by thunder and lightning.
Last month, heavy, torrential rains flooded parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, due to the intensified Habagat. From August 6-8, the amount of rainfall dumped by the Habagat in Quezon City was more than twice the monthly average rainfall of the entire National Capital Region.
The amount of rains on August 7 was only second to 2009’s tropical storm Ondoy, which submerged 80 percent of Metro Manila for days.