New storm may enter PAR Sunday evening or Monday

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

MANILA -- The tropical storm outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) is expected to enter the country on Sunday evening or Monday morning, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that as of 4 a.m. Sunday, the tropical storm with international name "Rammasun" was estimated at 1,540 kilometers east of Southern Luzon.

The storm is forecast to move westward at 22 kilometers per hour and is expected to enter the PAR on Sunday evening or Monday morning.

She said once it enters the PAR, it will be locally named "Glenda" -- the seventh tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

For the month of July, she said the state weather bureau is expecting two to three storms to hit the country.

About 18 to 20 storms enter the Philippines every year, according to Pagasa.

Escullar said if the storm continues to move westward, it is expected to make landfall in Central Luzon. However, if it moves west northwest, it is forecast to make landfall in Northern Luzon.

Meanwhile, for Sunday weather forecast, Escullar said that except in Mindanao, most parts of the country will continue to experience fair weather with isolated thunderstorms.

Escullar said an Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will be the dominant weather system affecting Mindanao.

ITCZ, which is the thick clouds coming from the south of Asia, is considered a breeding ground for low-pressure areas (LPAs) or potential cyclones.

Due to the ITCZ, Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms, Escullar said.

She said the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

In its advisory, Pagasa said moderate to strong winds coming from the south to southeast will prevail over Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, light to moderate winds coming from the south with slight to moderate seas will prevail. (PNA/Sunnex)

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