Tropical Depression Egay maintains strength as it enhances monsoon
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Egay slightly accelerated further and maintained its strength on Sunday morning, June 30, as it continued to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat.
In a bulletin issued past 11 am on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Egay is already 820 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon, or 760 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora.
It is now moving northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 15 km/h.
Egay still has maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h. It is expected to maintain its tropical depression classification inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals. According to PAGASA, Egay is unlikely to make landfall. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Based on its latest forecast track, Egay will leave PAR on Tuesday night, July 2, or early Wednesday, July 3.
The southwest monsoon enhanced by Egay is affecting the following areas on Sunday:
Light to heavy monsoon rain
- Metro Manila
Scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms
- rest of Luzon
- rest of Visayas
PAGASA advised residents in those areas to stay on alert for possible flash floods and landslides.
Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) outside PAR, over the West Philippine Sea.
PAGASA Weather Specialist Benison Estareja said this LPA only has a slim chance of hitting the country, but could become a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.
Egay is the Philippines' 5th tropical cyclone for 2019, after Amang in January, Betty in February, Chedeng in March, and Dodong also in June – all tropical depressions as well. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2019)
The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.
Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones from July to December:
- July - 2 or 3
- August - 2 to 4
- September - 2 to 4
- October - 2 or 3
- November - 1 or 2
- December - 0 or 1
PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com