Southwest monsoon to affect parts of Luzon, Visayas on July 5

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PAGASA is also monitoring a tropical depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility

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Satellite image as of July 4, 2018, 7:20 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – The southwest monsoon will continue to affect parts of Luzon and the Visayas on Thursday, July 5.

In a bulletin issued 4 pm on Wednesday, July 4, state weather bureau PAGASA said Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and Western Visayas will have light to heavy rain. These provinces should be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides.

The rest of the country will also have isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms, which may trigger flash floods and landslides, too. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Meanwhile, PAGASA is still monitoring a tropical depression located outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

This tropical depression is already 2,235 kilometers east of the Visayas, slowly moving west northwest.

It has strengthened and now has maximum winds of 60 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 75 km/h from the previous 60 km/h.

PAGASA said the tropical depression might enter PAR either on Sunday, July 8, or Monday, July 9. If it does enter PAR, it would be given the local name Gardo.

Further updates on the tropical depression will be given in the coming days.

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PAGASA had declared the start of the rainy season last June 8. – Rappler.com