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MANILA – The southwest monsoon (habagat) continues to bring rains over parts of Luzon and the Visayas, the weather bureau said Friday.

Habagat was enhanced by Tropical Depression (TD) Domeng and Severe Tropical Storm Chaba (formerly Caloy).

Monsoon rains will be experienced over Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan.

Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms are also expected over Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Calabarzon, Western Visayas, and the rest of central Luzon and Mimaropa.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said flash floods or landslides are likely in those areas due to scattered to widespread moderate to at times heavy rains.

Occasional gusty conditions reaching a strong breeze to near gale in strength will continue to prevail over extreme Northern Luzon, the northern and western portions of Luzon, and the western portion of the Visayas. These conditions are more likely in coastal and mountainous or upland localities of these areas.

Rough to very rough seas will be experienced over the western seaboards of central and southern luzon (Zambales, Bataan, The Western Coast Of Occidental Mindoro Including Lubang Island, And The Western Coast Of Palawan Including the Kalayaan Islands); western seaboard of northern Luzon (Ilocos Sur, La Union, And Pangasinan).

Moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the remaining seaboards of northern Luzon. These conditions may be risky for those using small seacraft. PAGASA advised mariners to take precautionary measures when venturing to the sea. If possible, avoid navigating in these conditions.

The rest of the country will have isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds and slight to moderate seas will also prevail over the rest of the archipelago.

Meanwhile, “Domeng” was last seen 950 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, moving northward at 20 kph.

The TD packs maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

It is still forecast to remain far from the landmass, and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday. (PNA)