The state weather bureau is monitoring four storms outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), but stressed that these weather systems will not enter the country’s area of responsibility, said in a forecast on Thursday morning.
These four storms are slightly enhancing the prevailing southwest monsoon, or habagat, according to Benison Estareja, a weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Rains produced by the current monsoon or monsoon rains are impacting various regions of the country.
“The rest of MIMAROPA ay bahagyang maulap ang kalangitan, may kainitan sa tanghali sa Bicol at Palawan and possible din ang mga pag-ulan,” Estareja said.
First is the tropical depression Gorio at 760 kilometers (km) northeast of extreme northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 70 kph. It is moving north northwest at 15 kph. It was inside PAR on Wednesday but already left the boundary of the country’s area of responsibility.
Gorio is no longer expected to re-enter PAR and will traverse towards Japan, PAGASA said.
The second weather system is the tropical storm with the international name Lupit at 550 km west-northwest of extreme northern Luzon and is not expected to enter PAR.
The third weather system is a tropical depression at 2, 100 km away from Batanes and the fourth is a tropical storm at 2,800 km away from Batanes. Both storms will not enter PAR, Estareja said.
PAGASA also raised a gale warning over the waters of Palawan including Kalayaan islands where wave height would reach 2.8 to 4.5 meters.
“Delikado ito sa small sea vessels lalo na sa mga nangingisda. At sa mga susunod na araw ay meron pa rin tayong mga gale warning sa western coast ng Luzon,” he said.