MANILA, Philippines – A weather disturbance may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early Monday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In its weather bulletin on Saturday, PAGASA said the typhoon with international name “Bopha” was last spotted 1,690 kilometers east of southern Mindanao.
PAGASA said the typhoon still far to affect any part of the country within the next 2 days.
Once it enters PAR, it will be named “Pablo”.
It may make landfall in the vicinity of eastern Visayas or northeastern Mindanao by late Tuesday or Wednesday.
The typhoon is packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour and it may still intensify since it is still above water.
Forecasters earlier said the typhoon is much stronger than tropical storm “Sendong”, which caused massive devastation in Mindanao December last year.
Disaster managers have been advised by PAGASA to be on alert for possible effects of the incoming weather disturbance.
PAGASA also said 1 to 2 storms are expected for the month of December.
Meantime, the next two days will be generally sunny across the country.
A high pressure area is still affecting parts of Luzon, which is why it's not that cold yet in most parts of the region.
Clear skies will prevail from Ilocos to Central Luzon, while the Bicol region will just see isolated rainshowers.
In Baguio City, temperatures have dropped in the past days as the City of Pines recorded its lowest temperatures this year. This will continue to go down in the coming weeks.
In the Visayas, generally sunny skies will prevail over Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, and Bohol, while Samar and Leyte will have partly cloudy skies with isolated showers.
Mindanao will also be cloudy with scattered rains from Davao to General Santos to Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga due to the intertropical convergence zone. -- With a report from ANC