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MANILA, Philippines – The intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will still trigger rain in parts of the country on Thursday, October 18.
The ITCZ is a belt near the equator where the trade winds of the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere meet, usually causing low pressure areas or thunderstorms. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
In a bulletin issued 4 pm on Wednesday, October 17, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the ITCZ will continue to affect Palawan, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
Those areas will experience scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms on Thursday. Residents should be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides, especially if the thunderstorms become severe.
The rest of Luzon will only have localized thunderstorms on Thursday, mostly in the afternoon or evening. But flash floods and landslides are also possible if the thunderstorms bring heavy rain.
PAGASA is not monitoring any tropical cyclone at the moment, whether inside or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
So far, the Philippines has had 17 tropical cyclones in 2018. The country usually gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones per year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2018)
PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 8. – Rappler.com
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