The tropical depression outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has intensified into a tropical storm and is expected to enter Sunday afternoon, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said that the Tropical Storm with international name “Peipah” was estimated based on all available data at 1,355 km east of General Santos City (5.5°N 137.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph.
“Kung bumilis pa ito pasok na nito sa PAR mamayang tanghali kung maintain nito ang speed mamayang hapon ang pasok at hindi pa ito kaagad makakaapekto sa bansa maaring by Tuesday o Wednesday pa makaapekto,” Mendoza told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) in a phone interview.
He said it will be named “Domeng,” once it enters PAR. It will be the fourth cyclone to affect the country this year.
However, Mendoza said the approaching tropical storm will bring rains over the eastern part of the Visayas and Mindanao either Tuesday or Wednesday.
He said the tropical storm is likely to make a landfall somewhere between the Caraga region and Eastern Visayas.
For Sunday forecast, Mendoza said the tail-end of a cold-front is affecting extreme Northern Luzon.
The tail-end of a cold front is the front boundary of two air masses which produces clouds and rain.
Mendoza said that Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with scattered light rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over extreme Northern Luzon and the coastal waters along this area will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to east with slight to moderate seas.
Saturday temperatures in Metro Manila rose to a high of 34.5 degrees Celsius at 1:50 p.m., and was coolest at 6 a.m. at 23.5 degrees.
He also said that the hottest temperature that was recorded in Metro Manila so far this year was 35.7 degrees Celsius last March 28.
On Saturday, the highest temperature was recorded at 36.7 degrees Celsius in Subic, Zambales followed by 36.4 in Dagupan City in Pangasinan, then Sangley Point in Cavite recorded at 35.5, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija with 35.2 and 33.1 in Tuguegarao, Cagayan.
In the Visayas region, Maasim, Leyte recorded 33.3 degrees Celsius followed by Tagbilaran, Bohol and Mactan in Cebu with the same temperature at 32.2 degrees Celsius. In the Mindanao area, General Santos City had 35.8 degrees Celsius followed by Davao at 34.4 degrees Celsius and Cotabato at 33.8.
But so far, the hottest temperature in the country for this year was recorded in Tuguegarao at 37.9 degrees Celsius recorded last March 31.
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 ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969. PNA