The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced that intermittent rains associated with the southwest monsoon or habagat will begin affecting Metro Manila and western sections of the country.

The state weather bureau announced this as the western parts of Luzon, Mindoro, Negros, Palawan, and other areas in the country experienced rains in the last five days because of the existence of a frontal system and severe thunderstorms. 

It also found southwesterly wind flow over the past few days.

Pagasa added that rainfall in some parts of the country may be beyond the normal range because of the ongoing La Niña phenomenon. The state weather bureau said it will last for a few months. 

Ronald Espartinez