Tropical Depression Falcon and the enhanced monsoon (habagat) will bring rains over Palawan, including parts of the Visayas and the entire Mindanao area, as it slightly accelerated Monday morning while maintaining its strength, according to the state weather bureau.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Ariel Rojas said Falcon was the result of the low-pressure area (LPA) that entered the country’s area of responsibility on Sunday, July 14.

“Ang Palawan at ilang bahagi ng mga Kabisayaan at Mindanao ay mayroong pag-ulan ngayong araw dahil sa hinihilang habagat ni Tropical Depression Falcon,” he added.

Falcon is the sixth tropical depression developed in 2019, Rojas said.

He said as of 10 a.m., Falcon’s center was estimated based on all available data at 940 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, or 1,150 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora.

It has a maximum wind of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 60 kph. It has been estimated to move north northwest at 25 kph, he said.

“Dahil nasa gitnang bahagi pa ng karagatan si Falcon, wala pang direktang epekto ang kanyang hangin dito sa ating bansa pero makikita natin ‘yong paghila niya sa southwest monsoon na nagbibigay ng pag-ulan at kaulapan sa may southern Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao,” he said.

Forecast position :
• 24 Hour (Tomorrow morning): 585 km East of Casiguran, Aurora(16.5°N, 127.6°E)
• 48 Hour (Wednesday morning):210 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan(17.8°N, 123.7°E)
• 72 Hour (Thursday morning): 180 km West Northwest of Calayan, Cagayan(19.6°N, 119.8°E)
• 96 Hour (Friday morning):565 km Northwest of Basco, Batanes(23.2°N, 117.4°E)
• 120 Hour (Saturday morning):950 km Northwest of Basco, Batanes(27.0°N, 116.0°E)

As of press time, scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms are being experienced in the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas die to Falcon, and over Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, MIMAROPA, and the rest of the Visayas due to the southwest monsoon, he said.

On July 16, light to moderate with occasional heavy monsoon rains will prevail over MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Bangsamoro.

He said Falcom may like intensify into a Tropical Storm before approaching or making landfall over Extreme Northern Luzon on Wednesday afternoon or evening.

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