PHILIPPINES— The southwest monsoon or “habagat” will bring cloudy weather and some rain showers over the western section of the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday, Aug. 23.

Rain showers are expected over Palawan, Occidental Mindoro, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy conditions with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA warned the public against flash floods or landslides that may occur during severe thunderstorms, which are often associated with short-lived heavy rain, lightning, thunder, gusty winds, and sometimes hail.

Weather specialist Loriedin dela Cruz said PAGASA has not monitored a weather disturbance inside the country’s area of responsibility.

The State weather bureau has not issued any gale warning on Monday morning thus fisherfolk and seafarers are safe to sail.