By Catherine J. Teves
MANILA, July 13 (PNA) — The government-run weather agency expects soil moisture condition to generally range from moist to wet nationwide during the 10-day period ending July 20, this year.
"The southwest monsoon or 'habagat' is forecast to bring rain that's enough to cause such condition," said Delia Basco, Farm Weather Services Section chief at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
She clarified some areas will still experience dry soil condition due to expected insufficient rain there, however.
"Expected rain there won't be enough to make soil either moist or wet," she noted.
In its 10-day report released Monday (July 13), PAGASA said wet conditions are likely during the reference period across Regions I, III, IV-B and XIII as well as Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and National Capital Region (NCR).
Rainfall then can range from 75 millimeters to 300 mm in Regions I and III, NCR and Region IV-B's Palawan province while 50 mm to 300 mm rain is possible in CAR, noted PAGASA.
The rest of Region IV-B can experience 25 mm to 200 mm of rain and Region XIII will likely see zero to 50 mm of rain, it added.
PAGASA also forecast moist to wet soil in Regions II, IV-A, V, VI, VIII and X with expected rainfall varying from zero to a maximum 300 mm in some areas.
Moist soil is likely in Region VII where rainfall will possibly range from 25 mm to 200 mm, noted PAGASA.
"During the forecast period's early days, moderate to heavy rains will be experienced in the western section of Luzon," PAGASA further said in the report.
The rest of Luzon as well as Western and Central Visayas can have light to moderate rains due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by a tropical cyclone, PAGASA noted also.
At present, PAGASA is monitoring the movement of the tropical cyclone with international name 'Nangka.'
'Nangka' is over the Pacific waters and can enhance the 'habagat' if conditions permit, noted PAGASA.
PAGASA data further show possible dry soil in Region IX except Zamboanga del Sur province where moist soil will likely prevail during the period.
Dry soil condition will prevail in Region XII as well as parts of Region XI and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the data likewise show.
Earlier, PAGASA forecast occurrence of monsoon rains in the Ilocos Region during the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Tuesday (July 14).
PAGASA urged caution there, noting such rains can cause flash floods and landslides.
The agency likewise forecast for the 24-hour period cloudy skies with occasional rains in CAR, Cagayan Valley as well as Zambales and Bataan provinces.
"Store harvested crops in elevated, dry and covered places," PAGASA reminded farmers concerned.
Farmers must protect their livestock's health and strengthen good condition of respective farm structures and small water reservoirs, PAGASA added. (PNA)