PAGASA: No more tropical cyclones expected in PH until yearend

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) — No more tropical cyclones are likely to enter the Philippines this year, state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday.

In an interview with CNN Philippines' New Day, PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said no major weather disturbance is seen to threaten the country in the next several days apart from the northeast monsoon that will trigger light rains in parts of Luzon.

"So far, no tropical cyclone is expected until the end of this year," Perez said. "However, another surge of amihan (northeast monsoon)...will bring light rains and colder temperature over the mountainous regions of northern Luzon."

As of 5 a.m., two low pressure areas are still affecting some parts of the country. The first LPA was seen 90 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora, bringing scattered to widespread rains over the area as well as Cagayan. It is seen to dissipate in the next 24 to 36 hours.

The other LPA was located 235 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the whole province, Quezon, and the rest of northern Luzon. It is forecast to exit Philippine territory within the day, Perez said.

Bicol Region, eastern and central Visayas, Caraga and Davao Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rains within the day due to easterlies.

Perez said Metro Manila will experience gradually improving weather conditions, but localized thunderstorms may bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains over the rest of the country.

Tropical Depression Vicky (international name: Krovanh) exited the Philippines last December 20, making it the 22nd tropical cyclone to have hit the country this year.