LPA that used to be Egay gone, but monsoon rain persists

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MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) that used to be Tropical Depression Egay already dissipated, but the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat is still affecting Luzon and the Visayas.

In a press briefing past 4 am on Tuesday, July 2, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said there will still be rain due to the southwest monsoon.

Light to heavy monsoon rain

Scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms

Flash floods and landslides remain possible in those areas affected by the southwest monsoon, especially during heavy rain or severe thunderstorms. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Classes in some areas were again suspended for Tuesday. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Tuesday, July 2)

PAGASA Weather Specialist Meno Mendoza said they are not monitoring any potential tropical cyclone in the Philippine Area of Responsibility at the moment.

So far, the Philippines has had 5 tropical cyclones in 2019, all classified as tropical depressions. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2019)

The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.

Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones from July to December:

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com