Updated 16:31 PM PHT Wed, December 21, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A tropical depression is expected in the country over Christmas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Wednesday.
The tropical depression, to be called Nina, will develop from a low pressure area entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday evening, PAGASA added.
Tropical depression Nina is expected to make landfall in Bicol Region, Samar, or Quezon Province on December 24 or December 25, it said.
As it travels west, it will bring with it rain in eastern and southern Luzon, and the provinces in eastern Visayas, Bicol, Samar, and Quezon.
Metro Manila may experience light to moderate rain, with an occasional heavy downpour, as the Nina enhances the northeast monsoon or Amihan, the weather bureau added.
A tropical depression, characterized by heavy rain, landslides, surface winds of up to 63 km/hr, is the weakest type of four tropical cyclones, according to PAGASA. The other types of tropical cyclones that are greater in strength than a tropical depression are a tropical storm, typhoon, and supertyphoon.
PAGASA said Nina could reach a maximum strength of Public Storm Signal Number 2 and warned the public of possible flashfloods and landslides.
Nina is expected to leave the Philippines on Monday.
From 1948 to 2015, PAGASA has recorded seven typhoons that entered the Philippines within the period of December 21 to 31.