Surge of SOUTHWEST MONSOON (HABAGAT) enhanced by Typhoon MARIA (GARDO) over the North Philippine Sea, and a Weak Low Pressure Area (LPA) near the coast of Eastern Hainan (Southern China) – will continue to 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 LUZON, METRO MANILA, CALABARZON, 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, Typhoon MARIA (GARDO) downgraded from Super Typhoon is now over the northernmost part of the North Philippine Sea and will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this evening. As of 10:00 AM today, the eye was located about 628 km NE of Basco, Batanes (24.3N 126.5E), with maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near the center, gusting up to 230 kph. It was moving WNW @ 28 kph towards the Miyako-Yaeyama Group of Islands and the offshore 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 09 to 8:00 AM July 10, 2018)
Created by: David Michael V. Padua for WeatherPhilippines