THE Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Friday said it is monitoring a tropical depression over the West Philippine Sea which has a slim chance of entering the country.
Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said in an interview the tropical depression has a “slim chance” of entering the country due to the ridge of high-pressure area.
Based on the agency’s numerical models, he said the LPA was moving “upward’ towards Vietnam.
“Hindi natin ito nakikita sa ngayon na papasok ng Philippine area of responsibility [PAR]. Kung hindi magbabago ang direksiyon nito, sa Vietnam ito didiretso,” he said.
In case the cyclone changes its direction and enters the PAR in the coming days, Aurelio said it will be named Jolina— the third cyclone to affect the country this month and the 10th for the year.
Earlier, Pagasa said it expects two to three cyclones to visit the country this July.
Aurelio said that since the cyclone is still too far to affect the Philippines, many parts of the country is expected to have “fair weather” for the next two days (until Sunday) except southern Mindanao due to the inter tropical convergence zone (ITCZ).
He noted that only parts of Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains due to the effects of the ITCZ.
Aurelio added that the monsoon trough affecting the western sections of Central and Northern Luzon will bring light rains.
He said the rest of the country including Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with possible passing rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.
The weather bureau also warned fishing boats and other small sea craft venturing out into the western seaboards of Southern Luzon due to strong to gale force wind and big waves generated by the southwest monsoon.
In its advisory, Pagasa said that Batanes, Babuyan and Calayan group of islands, the provinces of Bataan, Zambales and Palawan and the regions of Ilocos, Zamboanga Peninsula, Soccsksargen and Davao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
It added that and the rest of the country including Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Pagasa also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over the western section of Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to southeast with slight to moderate seas. PNA