There is no tropical cyclone in the country.
This is what the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) clarified after torrential rains poured across Metro Manila Thursday afternoon.
Pagasa weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelo clarified the strengthening of Southwest monsoon caused the heavy rains, which is now bringing floods in low-lying areas.
In an interview, Aurelio explained this is the effect of the cloud formation that has just developed into a Low Pressure Area (LPA) near the western part of Northern Luzon, which intensified the rain-causing activity of prevailing Southwest monsoon.
Classes has been suspended in all levels at the University of Sto. Tomas. MMDA reports that as of 3:20 PM, Ramon Magsaysay España-Knee already has knee-deep floods while zero visibility has been reported in cities such as Taguig and Paranaque.
San Beda College, St. Scholastica College, and University of the Philippines-Manila have also announced suspension of classes.
The local government of Manila has also suspended classes in gradeschool to highschool in all public schools in their jurisdiction.
"(May) LPA na nasa West Philippine Sea or nasa west Ilocos region pero (hanggang) labas lang ng PAR (Philippine area of responsibility aabot ito. Sa boundary lang ng PAR," Aurelio explained.
“Hindi ito inaasahan na papasok ng bansa dahil ang galaw nito ay pataas,” he added.
In its 3pm thunderstorm update, the state weather bureau said several parts of Metro Manila like Quezon City and Pasay will experience moderate to heavy rains that will last from 1 to hours from release of update.
But Aurelio warned the LPA, which is still outside Philippine area of responsibility, may probably cause flash floods and landslides in some parts of Luzon and Visayas.
Aurelio said Habagat will also affect weather in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.
He added Zambales, Bataan, and the provinces in Western Visayas will also experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms.
The weather expert noted provinces in Zamboanga peninsula, Northern Mindanao and the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila and the rest of Visayas will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
In a separate weather outlook, Pagasa said they expect two or three storms to enter PAR.
Pagasa weather forecaster Ricky Fabregas said the agency’s numerical models continued to show another cloud formation, which may develop into LPA over the eastern section of Mindanao before weekend.
“Nakikita pa rin namin sa mga models na may mabubuong isang LPA sa may east of Mindanao on Friday or bago mag-weekend,” Fabregas noted.
“Pero hindi pa natin masasabi sa ngayon kung magiging isang bagyo ito o hindi… Kaya patuloy namin itong mino-monitor,” he clarified.
On Monday evening, Tropical Storm “Dante” exited PAR and started heading to Japan.