MANILA - Up to 2 tropical cyclones could enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) in December, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.
The typical routes of storm during this part of the year are usually in Luzon, Visayas, and Northern Mindanao, senior weather specialist Chris Perez said in its 5 a.m. press briefing.
The northeast monsoon or amihan is currently the dominant weather system affecting northern and Central Luzon.
Perez said typhoon Tomas (international name Man-yi), which has dissipated into a low-pressure area (LPA), is still within PAR, but has no direct effect in the country.
The weather disturbance was last spotted some 1,335 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes. It is expected to leave the country Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Meanwhile, Perez said they are expecting a transition towards El Niño conditions in the next few months.
El Niño is characterized by unusually warm ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific
Perez said the country may experience generally below normal rainfall conditions with patches of near normal rainfall over eastern Mindanao.