Enhanced 'habagat' dumps rains over Metro Manila

Posted at 10/02/12 7:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Heavy rains since Monday evening flooded parts of Metro Manila and nearby areas, and the weather bureau said this was due to enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat).

PAGASA said the southwest monsoon was being enhanced by a tropical depression west of northern Luzon.

At 2 a.m., PAGASA said the tropical depression was spotted 550 kilometers west of northern Luzon. The tropical depression will be named "Marce" once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

PAGASA said the tropical depression was almost stationary. State weather forecaster Meno Mendoza, speaking to radio dzMM, said PAGASA is still monitoring whether the tropical depression will enter PAR or head towards Vietnam.

PAGASA, in its 24-hour weather forecast for Tuesday, said Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region, central Luzon and MIMAROPA will have cloudy skies with occasional moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms.

CALABARZON, Bicol region and eastern Visayas will have occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.