Rain is expected over parts of the country in the next 24 hours as the northeast monsoon affects northern Luzon, state weather forecasters said Sunday afternoon. PAGASA also indicated possible rain on Nov. 1, All Saints' Day, in major areas, including Metro Manila. In its 5 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Mindanao will be cloudy with occasional light to moderate rain showers or thunderstorms while Aurora and the regions of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera will have light rain. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rain showers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast and east with slight to moderate seas. According to the weather bureau, strong to gale-force winds associated with the surge of the northeast monsoon may affect the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon. "Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said. All Saints' Day rain Meanwhile, PAGASA indicated rain on Nov. 1 in many parts of the country, including Metro Manila, Bicol, and Palawan. However, the bureau's extended weather outlook indicated possible sunny weather in Tagaytay, Bacolod and Metro Cebu. It also said rain showers or thunderstorms are possible in Tacloban, Cagayan de Oro, Metro Davao, and Zamboanga on Nov. 1. — BM, GMA News
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