(Follow-up report to LPA outside PAR now a tropical depression but not likely to enter PH)
THE Low Pressure Area in the north of Luzon has intensified into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Monday.
In the state weather bureau’s 24-hour public weather forecast, tropical depression “Etau” (international name) was estimated at 1,795 km east of extreme Northern Luzon outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
With maximum winds of 55 kph near the center, “Etau” is predicted to move North Northwest at 15 kph.
Pagasa weather forecasters cleared that cyclone “Etau” has a very slim chance of entering the country since it is moving upward toward Japan but if it would enter PAR, the tropical depression will be locally called “Jenny.”
On the other hand, southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” is still affecting Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao.
Occasional rains will be experienced over Visayas, Mindanao and the provinces of Mindoro and Palawan. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
Light to moderate winds blowing from the west to southwest will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.
Pagasa also advised thunderstorms affecting Metro Manila, Tarlac, Bataan, portions of Cavite, Zambales, Laguna, Rizal, Pampanga, Batangas and Quezon would persist within 2 hours.
Meanwhile, the state weather bureau is expecting two to four more tropical cyclones to enter the country this September.