The southwest monsoon or Habagat, along with the monsoon trough, would make the huge part of the country rainy, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Thursday afternoon.

Satellite images from Pagasa showed thick clouds moving in from the West Philippine Sea over Luzon and Visayas’ western provinces also on the waters southeast of Mindanao.

Areas in Palawan, Mindoro provinces, Zambales, and Bataan would see cloudy skies and possibly moderate to heavy rain showers in the coming hours.  Thunderstorms may persist over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

The state weather bureau also warned that severe thunderstorms would occur over Visayas and Mindanao.

For Friday, the western parts of Luzon would still see rains, although more areas would start to have better weather conditions than the previous days.

Despite the possibility of isolated rains, Visayas and Mindanao may see warmer conditions for Friday, with Tacloban and Cebu having temperatures of 25 to 31 degrees Celsius, Iloilo with 25 to 32 degrees, Zamboanga and Davao with 24 to 32 degrees, and Cagayan de Oro with 24 to 33 degrees.

The low-pressure area (LPA) currently spotted 625 kilometers west of Dagupan City is still expected to move away from the Philippine area of responsibility and approach either Vietnam or China in the next few days.  Pagasa said the LPA is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone. Ronald Espartinez