SUPER Typhoon “Mawar” is forecast to bring monsoon rains in large parts of the county once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) during the weekend, the state-run weather bureau said.
Weather specialist Benison Estareja of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Mawar will enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” which will bring rains over Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Visayas and Mindanao on Friday and Saturday.
“Monsoon rains will also prevail over western portions of Visayas and Mindanao on Sunday onwards,” the Pagasa weatherman said.
Mawar will be renamed “Betty” once inside PAR and is forecast to have maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph).
“It may downgrade into a typhoon and then re-intensify into a super typhoon again but this has less chance to directly affect the country,” Estareja said.
Pagasa said the rainbands of Betty may affect Cagayan Valley from Sunday to Tuesday.
“As a result, Pagasa may raise Signal No. 1 in these areas,” Estareja said.
Over 24 hours, the state weather bureau said the southwesterly wind flow — wind coming from the southwest — will affect the western sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, the same weather disturbance and localized thunderstorms are bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, especially during afternoon and at night, Pagasa said.
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Author: Arlie O. Calalo