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‘Igme’ out of PAR; monsoon rains affecting western section of Luzon

Severe tropical storm “Igme” (international name “Bavi”) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility Saturday night but rains from the slightly enhanced southwest monsoon or “habagat” may still affect the western section of Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday.


Igme was last spotted 620 kilometers north-northeast of extreme Northern Luzon Sunday morning.

Mostly cloudy skies with scattered monsoon rain showers and thunderstorms may be felt in Batanes, Cagayan, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Zambales, and Bataan within the next 24 hours.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with a high chance of rain showers due to localized thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening, according to State weather specialist Raymond Ordinario.

He said a gale warning remains in effect over the seaboards of Batanes as sea travel is still risky due to rough to very rough seas. Small boats are still prohibited from setting sail off the coast of Batanes.

Small boats that will venture out over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon should take the necessary precautionary measures as the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Ordinario said it is less likely that a low-pressure area or tropical cyclone may enter or form inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the next two days.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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