Expect rains over Luzon including NCR due to Habagat enhanced by TD 'Maring'
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MANILA - Most parts of Luzon including Metro Manila will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers in the next 24 hours due to southwest monsoon (hanging habagat) enhanced by tropical depression "Maring", the state weather forecaster said on Saturday.
Weather Forecaster Fernando Cada said that as of 4 p.m., tropical depression Maring was located at 325 km East of Itbayat, Batanes (20.6ºN, 125.4ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center.
Maring is forecast to move east southeast at 11 kph. With its slow movement, Cada said that it is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Monday or Tuesday heading towards southern Japan.
He also said that Maring is not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country but is expected to intensify into a tropical storm since its in the sea to gain strength.
Cada said Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) regions, and Metro Manila will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
He added that the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Cada also said that the agency issued a gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of southwest monsoon as enhanced by Tropical Depression Maring that is expected to affect the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon, western seaboard of Central Luzon, the seaboard of Cavite, Mindoro Occidental and the western coast of Batangas.
"Fishermen and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said.
PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.