Surge of SOUTHWEST MONSOON (HABAGAT) enhanced by Super Typhoon MARIA (GARDO) over the North Philippine Sea, and a Weak Low Pressure Area (LPA) near the coast of Eastern Hainan (Southern China) – will bring mostly cloudy to cloudy (overcast) skies with occasionally light to moderate to at times heavy rain showers and thunderstorms across the WESTERN SECTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LUZON, METRO MANILA, BICOL REGION, MIMAROPA, KALAYAAN ISLAND GROUP, SULU ARCHIPELAGO, AND WESTERN VISAYAS. Winds of 30 to 55 kph (fresh breeze to near-gale) will blow across these areas, making the seas moderate to very rough (2.0 to 5.5 meters) and dangerous to small and medium-type sized sea vessels.
Meanwhile, Super Typhoon MARIA (GARDO) is now inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but will not make landfall or have any direct effect to the country. As of 10:00 AM today, the eye was located about 1,143 km East of Basco, Batanes (22.0N 132.9E), with maximum sustained winds of 230 kph near the center, gusting up to 285 kph. It was moving WNW @ 30 kph towards the Yaeyama Island Chain and the coastal areas of Northern Taiwan.
The REST OF THE PHILIPPINES will have partly to mostly cloudy skies with isolated to scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in some areas especially in the afternoon or evening.
**Residents are advised to be on alert for POSSIBLE FLASHFLOODS, LANDSLIDES OR LIGHTNING STRIKES during the occurrence of Severe Thunderstorms.
Important note: In the infrared (IR) satellite image shown above: BLUE areas indicate Clear Skies with a Few Clouds; GREEN = Partly to Mostly Cloudy Skies; YELLOW = Mostly Cloudy to Hazy Skies with Possible Slight-to-Moderate Rainfall; and RED = Thunderstorms with Moderate to Heavy to sometimes Extreme Rainfall.
24-Hour Observed Rainfall Accumulation (8:00 AM July 08 to 8:00 AM July 09, 2018)
Created by: David Michael V. Padua for WeatherPhilippines