Western Luzon, Visayas to have week-long rains — PAGASA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 16) — More rains coming to residents in western Luzon and Visayas as tropical depression Henry enhances the southwest monsoon, and forecasters said this will occur until the weekend. 

Weather specialist Nikos Peñaranda said rains from the southwest monsoon or habagat will persist until the weekend.

"Yung progression natin for the next several days, hanggang the whole week, so hanggang weekend, nakikita kasi natin na ang circulation ng habagat ay malakas the whole week and apektado ang western section of Luzon, kasama na ang Metro Manila," Peñaranda said in a press briefing.

[Translation: Our progression for the next few days, the whole week, until the weekend, we can see a strong circulation from the habagat that could be week-long, and this will affect the western section of Luzon including Metro Manila.]

In a 5 p.m. update Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated Henry at 180 kilometers east southeast of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 60 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 75 kph. It is moving west at 35 kph. 

Weather officials raised tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 in Batanes, northern Cagayan including the Babuyan Group of Islands, northern Apayao, and northern Locos Norte. 

They said Henry will exit the country Tuesday, but weather may not improve yet due to a possible low pressure area (LPA) developing in the next two days.

It said Henry will exit the country Tuesday, but weather may not yet improve as a low pressure area (LPA) was estimated at 1,070 kilometers East of Infanta, Quezon. The LPA is said to affect the western section of the country, and will bring occasional rains and winds in Luzon including Palawan, Mindoro, Batangas, Cavite, Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, and the Ilocos region.

Robert Sawi, assistant weather services chief, said the possible LPA may intensify into a tropical depression as well. 

"Maybe 'yung nasa likuran ng bagyong si Henry, 'yun 'yung minomonitor natin na possible na magdevelop into an LPA and towards the possible tropical depression intensity within the next two days. Siguro after magcross itong is Henry dito sa may bandang extreme Northern Luzon, baka bumuo na 'yung nasa likod niya," Sawi said.

[Translation: We are monitoring what is possibly behind Henry that may develop into an spa and towards tropical depression intensity within the next two days. Possibly after Henry crosses the extreme northern Luzon area, the LPA will develop.]

As of 10 a.m., Henry was at 415 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan with center winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of 65 kph. It is traveling west at 25 kph.