‘Gener’ continues to enhance ‘habagat,’ Northern Luzon is cloudy with some rains and rough seas

MANILA — Northern Luzon will continue experiencing cloudiness, some rain as well as rough to very rough seas even if typhoon ‘Gener’ (international name ‘Malakas’) is already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

“That typhoon is still enhancing the southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’ so Northern Luzon can expect such conditions in the next one to two days,” said Jun Galang, weather forecaster of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

He urged caution as PAGASA on Monday (Sept. 19) forecast cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms in Babuyan Islands as well as Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan and Batanes provinces, all in Northern Luzon.

“Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms will prevail over Aurora, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and the rest of Cagayan,” PAGASA also said.

PAGASA likewise cautioned Northern Luzon communities about possible occurrence of 35 kph to 39 kph strong to gale-force southwesterly winds enhanced by ‘habagat.’

Such winds are weaker than what Northern Luzon experienced last week but can still cause rough to very rough sea conditions and waves 2.1 meters to 4.0 meters high in open waters off Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan as well as the northern coast of Cagayan and Ilocos Norte, PAGASA warned.

‘Gener’ exited PAR last week, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 175 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.

Galang said ‘Gener’ is already nearing the southwest portion of Japan.

PAGASA further said ‘habagat’ is also affecting the western section of Luzon.

“Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will be experienced over Ilocos Region and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Palawan, Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands,” PAGASA said in its 24-hour forecast also released Monday.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will likely see partly cloudy to cloudy skies with either isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, PAGASA continued.

Luzon’s coastal waters will be moderate to occasionally rough while slight to moderate seas are expected off remaining areas of the country, PAGASA added.