Ceremonies, social media posts, and the displays of the Philippine flag mark the commemoration of the 120th Independence Day of the Philippines. But amidst the celebration, the public is advised to take precautionary measures against the rainy weather.
Today, the Southwest Monsoon, locally known as Habagat, dampens Luzon and Western Visayas. In Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, Benguet and Ilocos, monsoon rains will prevail, making flooding or landslides possible. Areas in Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon should also brace for cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms that can trigger flooding in low-lying areas. In Mindanao and rest of Visayas, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers will be experienced.
The surge of Habagat affects sea condition as well. Gale warning is hoisted in the western coast of Ilocos Norte, llocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales; the northern coast of Ilocos Norte, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Bataan, Mindoro provinces, Batangas; and the western seaboard of Palawan. Fisherfolk and those with small seacraft are advised not to venture out while larger vessels are alerted against rough to very rough sea conditions.
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, the country will remain storm-free until the next to two to three days, but the Southwest Monsoon will continue to dampen the western side of the country throughout the week.