MANILA (UPDATE)- A low pressure area off Luzon has intensified into a tropical depression and may stir rains across large swaths of the country, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.
The LPA developed into tropical depression Dodong past 2 p.m., PAGASA said in a tweet.
Dodong is not expected to make landfall and has no direct impact on any part of the country, PAGASA said.
No tropical cyclone warning signals have been raised as of 5 p.m.
The tropical depression's eye was spotted at 615 kilometers east, northeast of Aparri, Cagayan as of 4 p.m. according to PAGASA.
Dodong packs maximum winds of up to 45 km per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 60 kph. It is moving northeast at a speed of 25 kph.
The weather bureau also warned of scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the western sections of Luzon and Visayas on Tuesday night and Wednesday due to the southwest monsoon (Hanging Habagat).
On Thursday meanwhile, monsoon rains may prevail over Metro Manila, Western Visayas and the western sections of Central Luzon, the Southern Tagalong mainland, and the Southwestern Tagalog Region.
PAGASA weather forecaster Nikos Penaranda earlier said rains brought by Dodong may ease the declining level of Angat Dam, which dipped to the 158.77-meter mark early Tuesday, below the 160-meter critical level.
Some areas in Metro Manila have experienced rotational water outages in recent days due to the low level of the dam.
Dodong is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday afternoon.