Tropical Depression Nimfa maintained its strength while moving slowly over the Philippine Sea, state weather bureau said. 

According to PAGASA’s severe weather bulletin, the tropical depression was last seen 685 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes and it is moving slowly northwest as of 10am today. 

Nimfa brings maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 70 kph. However, since it is still inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Nimfa could turn into a tropical storm within 24 hours. 

Weather specialist Meno Mendoza said the tropical depression is not likely to land in the country and no areas are under the tropical cyclone wind signals. 

Meanwhile, PAGASA is eyeing another low pressure area (LPA) which is currently at the vicinity of San Jose, Tarlac and is expected to cross Central Luzon. 

The trough or extension of Nimfa is bringing cloudy skies, scattered rains and thunderstorms over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley. 

The southwest monsoon or hanging habagat will also bring frequent rains over Central Luzon, and provinces of Mindoro and Palawan. 

Metro Manila and some parts of MIMAROPA and Western Visayas will experience scattered rains brought by the southwest monsoon.

On the other hand, the rest of Visayas and Mindanao is expected to have a good weather and only a possibility of raining due to localized thunderstorms. 

In the meantime, PAGASA also raised a gale warning and it advised to suspend ventures in seaboard of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Northern Coast of Ilocos Norte, Isabela, and Cagayan.


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