MANILA (UPDATE) - A low pressure area off Visayas has intensified into a tropical depression and may stir heavy rains across large swaths of the country this week, the state weather bureau said Monday.
Tropical depression Falcon was 940 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes at 10 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and 60 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
Scattered rains will dampen Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas on Monday due to Egay's trough or extension, warned the agency. Mimaropa, the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will also experience scattered rains due to the southwest monsoon or habagat, it added.
On Tuesday, light to moderate to at times heavy monsoon rains will prevail over Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Sulu Archipelago, said PAGASA.
Falcon will make landfall over Luzon's northern tip on Wednesday or Thursday, said state weather forecaster Lorie Dela Cruz.
There will also be occasional heavy rains on Wednesday in parts of Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, and Western Visayas due to the combined effects of Falcon and the habagat, PAGASA said.
The storm may leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday if it continues moving north northwest at 25 kph.
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