MANILA, Philippines – An incoming typhoon may be far enough to directly affect the country but it remains a threat as it is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat), a state weather forecaster said on Thursday morning.
PAGASA forecaster Bernie de Leon said typhoon "Bolaven" is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility later this evening.
De Leon said typhoon "Igme" was not affecting the southwest monsoon enough to dump heavy rains over the country.
He, however, said the weather will change as Bolaven approaches the country.
"Ang kagandahan lang ay medyo may kataasan na ito kapag pumasok at tumawid sa PAR, medyo malayo ito para direktang makaaepekto sa bansa," de Leon told dzMM.
"Gayunpaman, inaasahan nating pagiibayuhin nito ang hanging habagat."
In its 5 a.m. update, PAGASA said Bolaven was last located 1,360 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon. It will be named "Julian" once it enters PAR.
The Joint Warning Typhoon Center (JWTC) said Bolaven, as of 2 a.m. Manila time, was packing maximum sustained winds of 90 knots (166 kilometers per hour).
The JWTC forecasts Bolaven to intensify further to 105 knots (194 kph) in the next 24 hours.
Typhoon "Igme", meanwhile, remains inside PAR and was located 270 kms north northeast of Basco, Batanes, as of 4 a.m.
Storm warning signal number 2 remains hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands.
It has maintained its strength, still packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 160 kph.
It is forecast to dump 10 - 20 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) of rain within its 500-km diameter.
De Leon said Igme was moving westward slowly at 7 kph. With this speed, PAGASA expects Igme to be 220 kms north of Basco, Batanes on Friday morning.