MANILA, March 15 (PNA) — The tropical storm hovering over the Pacific Ocean is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the tropical storm with international name “Bavi” was estimated based on all available data at 2,780 kilometers east of Bicol Region (13.9°N, 150.0°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It is forecast to move west-northwest at 30 kph.
He said the tropical storm is still too far to affect any part of the country and with its continuous movement, it is expected to enter PAR by Tuesday morning and will be locally named “Betty” — the second tropical cyclone to enter the Philippines this year.
Meanwhile, Aurelio said that in the next two to three days, most parts of the country will continue to enjoy generally fair weather due to the Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA) affecting Northern Luzon.
Aurelio said that until Tuesday, the whole archipelago will experience partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
In its Sunday advisory, PAGASA said light to moderate winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Luzon and coming from the northeast over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. (PNA)