Outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), a low pressure area (LPA) became a tropical depression at 2am today, November 5. 

In a recent 4am news of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the tropical depression is 610 kilometers (km) west southwest of Iba, Zambales. 

Although it is slowly and barely moving, the tropical depression is expected to enter the PAR within 24 hours. 

Once entered, its local name will be Quiel. 

Recently, the tropical depression had maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (km/h) and up to 55 km/h of gustiness. The weather bureau said that this may intensify into a tropical storm within 24 hours. 

However, PAGASA said the tropical depression is unlikely to make landfall in the country.

Scattered rain in several areas is expected, on the other hand. It will probably be light to moderate, and may be heavy at times, according to the weather bureau. 

Ilocos Region, Cagayan, Apayao, Batanes, Palawan, Zambales, and Bataan are the provinces that may experience scattered rain. 

Hanging Amihan 

PAGASA Weather Specialist Benison Estareja said the frontal system is the boundary between hanging amihan or the northeast monsoon and the warm air coming from the east. 

Nevertheless, PAGASA monitors the severe tropical storm with international name Halong, that is outside PAR. 

Halong is 3,180 km east of utmost Northern Luzon to northwest at 15 km/h.

Its maximum winds is 140 km/h and up to 70km/h of gustiness. 

PAGASA’s current data said this severe tropical storm Halong is unlikely to enter PAR. 


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