PAGASA downgrades rain alert in NCR to yellow
MANILA – The state weather bureau downgraded the rainfall alert over Metro Manila and nearby areas on Monday noon.
From "orange alert," PAGASA issued a lower "yellow alert" over Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, Bataan and portions of Laguna, Quezon, Cavite and Occidental Mindoro.
In an advisory issued at 11:45 a.m., PAGASA said the "heavy to at times intense rainfall" being experienced in Zambales and Bataan is expected to continue in the next three hours.
Meanwhile, the "moderate to at times heavy rainfall" being experienced over Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga and portions of Laguna, Quezon, Cavite, Batangas and Occidental Mindoro is expected to persist in the next three hours.
A yellow rainfall advisory is raised when the expected rainfall amount is between 7.5 mm and 15 mm within one hour and likely to continue.
Under this alert, residents are advised to be aware of the weather condition and and watch out for possible flooding in low-lying areas.
PAGASA forecaster Meno Mendoza earlier said the moderate to heavy rains being experienced over parts of Luzon since Sunday are due to the southwest monsoon being enhanced by tropical storm "Pabuk" located outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
Mendoza said Pabuk may enter PAR but is not expected to hit land.
The continuous rains and flooding have triggered the suspension of classes and number coding in Metro Manila.