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The Low Pressure Area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has developed into a Tropical Cyclone and was last spotted at 1,355 kilometers (km) east of Mindanao. With maximum winds of 45 kph and gustiness of 65 kph, it is expected to move west at 25 kph. If it maintains current speed and direction, it may enter the PAR tonight and will be called by its local name, “Basyang”, the first Tropical Cyclone for this month.
According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Ariel Rojas, if the Tropical Cyclone doesn’t change its course, it may hit or make landfall in Northern Mindanao tomorrow night or on Tuesday morning. The weather bureau is also not dismissing the possibility for it to intensify as Tropical Storm before it approaches the landmass.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon prevails and continues to affect Northern Luzon. Locally known as Hanging Amihan, this weather system is characterized by cold and dry air coming from Mainland China or Siberia. PAGASA said it will continue to peak until mid-February.
Cagayan Valley Region and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains while Ilocos Region is expected to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains. Metro Manila and the remaining parts of the country will have generally fair weather apart from the isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in the latter part of the day.
Gale warning is still hoisted in the northern, western and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon. Fishing boats and other small seacraft are prohibited from venturing into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.