Sea travel in some parts of Luzon, Bicol suspended due to habagat
Marje Pelayo • August 13, 2018 • 2615
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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) suspended sea travel in several parts of Southern Luzon and Bicol on Monday (August 13) morning due to the enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat.
As of 4:00 a.m. today, over 190 passengers were stranded in ports in Camarines Sur, Batangas, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Romblon and Northern Quezon, according to the agency in an advisory.
The PAGASA weather bureau said monsoon rains would continue to dump moderate to occasional heavy rains in Luzon in the coming days that might cause flooding and landslides especially in low-lying areas in the country. – UNTV News & Rescue
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has officially declared the end of the southwest monsoon (locally known as habagat) season as the country transitions to northeast monsoon or amihan season.
In a statement, PAGASA said its recent analyses showed that a significant weakening of the southwest monsoon has been observed over the last few days.
The weather agency added it has observed the strengthening of the high-pressure area over the Asian continent which has led to the gradual changing of the season.
“With these developments, the southwest monsoon season or known locally as ‘habagat’ is now officially over. The season in the Philippines is on the process of transition and will be expecting the gradual start of the northeast monsoon (NE) season in the coming days with a shift in the direction of the winds,” the bureau said.
PAGASA also reported that with the ongoing La Niña phenomenon, the northeast monsoon may be enhanced that could trigger floods, flashfloods, and rain-induced landslides over susceptible areas.
“Therefore, all concerned government agencies and the public are advised to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential impacts of these events,” it added.
MANILA, Philippines – Cooler weather brought about by the northeast monsoon or amihan will soon prevail in the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said Monday.
PAGASA said that based on recent observations and analyses, the general wind pattern has shifted from southwesterly to easterly.
“This signifies that the southwest monsoon season has officially ended,” PAGASA administrator Vicente Malano said in a statement.
He said the strengthening of high-pressure systems over the Asian continent has led to the weakening of southwest monsoon or habagat and the gradual changing of the season.
“With these developments, the climate of the Philippines is on (the) transition to the northeast monsoon Amihan season in the coming days,” Malano said.
PAGASA explained that during the transition, localized thunderstorms may still be experienced in the whole country in the afternoon and evening.
The state weather bureau is also monitoring Typhoon Hagibis, which is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility.
As of 4 p.m. weather bulletin, it was last spotted 2,630 kilometers east of Southern Luzon, packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.
It may enter PAR by Friday if it continues to move in a west-northwest direction at a speed of 25 kph.
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