MANILA, (PNA) — A new cyclone is expected to enter the country within 24 to 48 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Monday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the typhoon with international name “Francisco” might enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) in Tuesday.
Once it enters the PAR, Loiz said it will be locally named “Urduja.”
“Urduja” would be the fourth cyclone to enter the country this month and the 21st for this year.
However, Loiz said the cyclone is not expected to affect any part of the country.
He noted that it will only stay inside the Philippine territory in less than 48 hours.
Until Tuesday, Loiz said the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” will affect the northern and central parts of Luzon.
He said these areas including Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.
The rest of the country including Metro Manila, he noted will have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with possible isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening
In its advisory, PAGASA said that Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.
The rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
It added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to northwest with slight to moderate seas.