MANILA -- Severe tropical storm (STS) "Quiel" will continue to bring rain showers over parts of the country likely until Friday, the weather bureau announced on Thursday afternoon.

"Quiel" remains almost stationary, and was last seen 375 kilometers west northwest of Coron, Palawan, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The STS has maximum sustained winds of 110 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 105 kph.

"Quiel" and the tail-end of a cold front affecting northern Luzon will cause cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley Region. The storm will also bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over western Visayas, Zambales, Cavite, Bataan, Palawan, and Mindoro.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms.

Strong winds will continue to blow over northern Luzon, and the western sections of central and southern Luzon. Coastal waters along these areas will be rough.

Moderate to strong winds will prevail over the rest of Luzon, and the Visayas, where waters will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate with slight to moderate seas, PAGASA said. (PNA)