The low pressure area approaching the country has intensified into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Saturday.
PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said the tropical depression was spotted some 1,500 kilometers east of southern Mindanao and is expected to enter the country by Sunday.
Cada said the tropical depression is forecast to move west northwest at 23 kph.
He said it will be named “Domeng,” the fourth storm to affect the country this year.
The tropical depression will start to bring rains over the eastern part of Visayas and Mindanao either Monday or Tuesday.
It is likely to make a landfall somewhere between the Caraga and Eastern Visayas.
Parts of extreme Northern Luzon will be spared from hot weather as the tail-end of a cold front affecting the area will bring cloudy skies with scattered light rains and isolated thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley.
With the cold front, he said Tuguegarao which for the past few days recorded high temperatures, will be cloudy with light rains.
The temperature recorded Friday was at 33 degrees Celsius, way below the 37 degrees Celsius recorded earlier.
The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will still have warm weather with isolated showers or thunderstorms.
The temperature in Metro Manila for Saturday will range from 24 to 35 degrees Celsius.
Friday temperatures in Metro Manila rose to a high of 35 degrees Celsius at 2:50 p.m., and was coolest at 6 a.m. at 24.6 degrees.
The hottest day in Metro Manila this year was March 28, with 35.7 degrees Celsius.
Based on the PAGASA’s climatological record, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.
The hottest temperature in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.