Thunderstorms likely to continue as ‘Megi’ forecast to enter PAR on Saturday

MANILA — The country will likely to continue experiencing thunderstorms even if the tropical storm with international name “Megi” enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this weekend.

“Megi” by then will still be too far to affect the country, noted weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar from State-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

“There are no other weather systems affecting the country at present,” she also said as thunderstorm on Friday afternoon struck various areas in Metro Manila and surroundings.

Escullar said the thunderstorm brought heavy to intense rainfall over Quezon City, the Manila area, CAMANAVA and Bulacan province.

However, such thunderstorm’s rainfall over Cavite and other areas wasn’t as intense, she noted.

“Further thunderstorms can be expected nationwide,” she said.

PAGASA expects “Megi” to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this Saturday (Sept. 24).

“Helen” will be the local name of “Megi” once this storm enters PAR, said PAGASA.

In its tropical cyclone advisory 2 released Friday, PAGASA located “Megi” at 1,975 km east of Central Luzon.

“Megi” packed maximum winds of 65 kph and gustiness of 80 kph, said PAGASA.

The weather bureau also said “Megi” moved west-northwest at 25 kph.

Earlier, PAGASA warned Northern Luzon about “Megi”, expecting this weather system to affect that area early next week.

Escullar also expects “Megi” to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat”.

“Forthcoming rain from ‘habagat’ will be light to moderate only,” she clarified.

She added the 2016 “habagat” season is about to end already so less intense rain can be expected from this weather system. Catherine Teves/PNA/