Expecting 1-2 tropical cyclones in June

MANILA, Philippines – The state weather bureau has predicted that one to two tropical cyclones will hit the country in June. At the same time, Tropical Storm Maliksi is currently swirling west of Luzon, outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the expected number of storms this month is based on both non-landfall and landfall tracks.

Pagasa weather specialist Daniel Villamil reported that as of 4:00 a.m., the eye of Tropical Storm Maliksi was located 1,065 kilometers west of extreme Northern Luzon. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 90 kph, moving north at 10 kph.

Villamil clarified that Maliksi is not expected to directly impact the country and is unlikely to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat”.

For the Saturday forecast, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms are expected nationwide due to the easterlies or wind from the Pacific Ocean. Warm weather is also anticipated in many parts of the country, with Pagasa warning of possible flash floods and landslides.

Slight to moderate sea conditions are forecast nationwide.

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