A new tropical depression is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PRA) on Thursday morning or afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Once it enters the PAR, the weather bureau said the weather disturbance will be named “Rolly.”
As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the tropical depression was estimated at 1,960 kilometers east of Central Luzon. It had maximum sustained wins of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph, and moving west-northwest slowly, according to PAGASA.
“It is forecast to intensify into [a] tropical storm within 24 hours. It will continue to strengthen while moving over the Philippine Sea and may reach typhoon category prior to landfall,” the weather bureau said.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said the trough of Typhoon Molave (international name and formerly Quinta) will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Western Visayas.
Molave was last seen 500 kilometers northwest of the Kalayaan Islands, Palawan, outside the PAR.
The tail-end of a frontal system, on the other hand, will cause light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms over Batanes and Cagayan.
The rest of the country will have isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms, PAGASA said.
Meanwhile, moderate to strong winds and moderate to rough seas will prevail over the northern and western sections of Luzon.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate with slight to moderate seas, PAGASA said. SOVEREIGNPH