A low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) may develop into a tropical depression by Saturday.
During the briefing earlier this Friday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) stated that the tropical depression is in the east Visayas at 1,685 kilometers.
“[Currently, there is still a low chance that it may landfall or hit any area of the Philippine landmass, but it may grow closer at the extremity of Northern Luzon],” said Ana Clauren, PAGASA Weather Specialist.
The tropical depression could enter by Saturday morning, September 28, according to Clauren. Then, if it does, its local name would be Onyok.
She also added that it may enhance, since it remains over the Pacific Ocean.
14 tropical cyclones had already entered in the Philippines in 2019, and four of those cyclones happened in September.
The average number of tropical cyclones in the Philippines is 20. However, as El Niño is declared for this year by PAGASA, only 14 to 18 cyclones are expected.
Moreover, two to three cyclones are expected this coming October, one to two in November, and zero to one in December.
In the meantime, PAGASA said Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Aurora will experience rain showers and isolated thunderstorms due to the prevalence of northeasterly surface windflow over Northern Luzon today, Friday.
The rest of the country will also experience isolated rain showers this day.