by Chito A. Chavez
The state weather bureau said that the two tropical disturbances outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) are veering away and has no direct effect in any part of the country based on its latest forecast track.
In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that tropical storm “Meari” is now 1,780 kilometers east of Central Luzon and is slowly moving northeast.
Weather forecaster Benison Estareja said Meari has maximum winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
Meanwhile, the tropical depression is 2,225 kilometers east of extreme Northern Luzon as it moves towards the northeast at 20 kph.
Estareja said it packs maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kph and gustiness of up to 70 kph.
However, Estareja noted that the country will still continue to experience rain due to the low pressure area (LPA) embedded in the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).
The LPA is now in the vicinity of Palapag, Northern Samar.
The presence of the LPA and the ITCZ will bring moderate to heavy rain and thunderstorms in the regions of Calabarzon, Bicol, Western Visayas, and Eastern Visayas, as well as the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon.