Another tropical cyclone may enter Philippines Monday

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

MANILA -- The state weather bureau is keeping an eye Sunday on a new tropical cyclone near the east of Northern Luzon that has a high chance to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Monday.

In an interview, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather forecaster Jori Loiz said based on models, the tropical cyclone is still very far to affect the country but once it enters the Philippines, it will be called “Nina.”

Loiz said Pagasa expects two to three tropical cyclones to enter PAR this October. Nina is the 14th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

He added that the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will continue to affect Palawan, the Visayas and Mindanao, bringing cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in these regions.

An ITCZ is a merge of winds from different directions, which is also a breeding ground for a low pressure area.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon would still experience passing rains mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms, while sunny to cloudy weather will be experienced in the morning, he said.

He said temperatures in Metro Manila and many parts of Luzon will range from 23 to 32 degrees Celsius for Sunday.

In its advisory, Pagasa said that Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao will have occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to north will prevail over the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos region and Bicol region and from the southwest to west over the rest of Luzon. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to west with slight to moderate seas. (PNA)

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