A new weather disturbance is forecast to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) next week.
At 3:00 a.m., Tropical Storm Maria was at 2,210 kilometers east of Visayas. With maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph), and gustiness of up to 90 kph, it’s slowly moving in a west-northwest direction. According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Ezra Bolquerin, the storm may enter PAR by Sunday or Monday and will be given the local name “Gardo.” It is less likely to make landfall but may enhance the Southwest Monsoon.
Southwest Monsoon, locally known as Habagat, continues to prevail in the western parts of Luzon and Visayas. Palawan, Mindoro and Western Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger flooding or landslides. In the remaining parts of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail only with chances of isolated rain showers.