• Two cyclones may enter PAR this week

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    STATE weather forecasters are monitoring two cyclones outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) with one of them expected to enter the country by Wednesday.

    Pagasa weather forecaster Jun Galang on Sunday said a severe tropical storm with international name Goni is expected to enter the PAR by Wednesday.

    Tropical storm Goni was located 2,500 kilometers east of Southern Luzon and moving west-northwest at 15 kilometers per hour.

    Galang said once it enters the PAR, it would be locally named Ineng, the ninth tropical cyclone to affect the country this year.

    He added that Ineng is not expected to make landfall and will not directly affect the country but it will enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over the Visayas and Southern Luzon starting Thursday or Friday.

    Galang said the severe tropical storm is expected to intensify into a typhoon category but has a slim chance to become a super typhoon but the agency continues to monitor it.

    Meanwhile, he added, the other tropical storm with international name Atsani was located approximately 4,200 kilometers east of Central Luzon.

    Galang, however, noted, that Atsani has a slim chance to enter the country.

    Until Wednesday, he said, the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) would continue to bring cloudy skies with rain showers across the Visayas and Northern Mindanao.

    Galang added that the rest of the country would have fair weather except for isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening.

    For Sunday, Pagasa said cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Caraga, Davao and Northern Mindanao, while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

    It added that light to moderate winds blowing from the southeast to south would prevail over Luzon and coming from the south to southwest over the rest of the country.

    Coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.

    The state weather bureau has not issued a gale warning, thus fishermen can still venture out to sea.

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