MANILA-- Rain, thunderstorms and cloudiness are still possible until Tuesday (July 4) in the country's western section even if severe tropical storm Emong (international name 'Nanmadol') already exited Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Emong can still enhance the annual southwest monsoon or 'habagat' that affects the country this time of the year, noted weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
"The enhanced 'habagat' can bring light to moderate rain, thunderstorms and cloudy skies to west-lying Luzon areas like Ilocos, Mimaropa, Zambales and Bataan and to Western Visayas," he said.
He noted west-lying Zamboanga and its neighbor Northern Mindanao can also experience such conditions.
In its final severe weather bulletin released Monday (July 3), PAGASA said Emong packed maximum sustained winds of 90 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 115 kph.
Estimated rainfall is moderate to occasionally heavy within the 300-km diameter of Emong, PAGASA also said.
Aurelio noted Emong is expected to move north-northeast towards Japan, not north-northwestwards as earlier cited in the bulletin.
"Development of a low-pressure area within PAR is unlikely in the next three days," he also said.
PAGASA expects Emong to be about 1,310 km north-northeast of Basco, Batanes province by Tuesday morning.
"There's nil chance for Emong to recurve and head towards the Philippines, however," said PAGASA weather forecaster Benison Estareja.
He noted Emong exited PAR early Monday morning and will likely continue heading northeastwards until this weather disturbance weakens and eventually dissipates.
"Generally fair weather is possible in most areas of the country beginning Wednesday (July 5)," he said.
Emong was the fifth tropical cyclone in the Philippines this year, noted PAGASA.
Earlier, PAGASA forecast two to three TCs in the country this July.
Source: Philippines News Agency