Dodong set to exit, but monsoon rain seen in last days of June

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Dodong slightly accelerated on Wednesday morning, June 26, as it prepared to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

But while Dodong is on its way out, the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat is expected to continue bringing rain.

In a press briefing past 11 am on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Dodong is already 705 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

It is moving north northeast at a slightly faster 15 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the 10 km/h before dawn on Wednesday.

The tropical depression still has maximum winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 60 km/h.

There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals, since Dodong will not approach or hit land. PAGASA also said the tropical depression "has no direct impact on any part of the country." (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Based on Dodong's latest forecast track, it will leave PAR on Wednesday afternoon or evening.

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Dodong as of June 26, 2019, 11 am. Image from PAGASA

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Dodong as of June 26, 2019, 11 am.

Image from PAGASA

As for the southwest monsoon, PAGASA warned that it will trigger light to moderate rain, with occasional heavy rain due to thunderstorms, in the remaining days of June. Below are the areas likely to be affected by monsoon rain.

Wednesday, June 26

Thursday, June 27

Friday, June 28, to Sunday, June 30

PAGASA warned residents in those areas to be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides.

 

Dodong is the Philippines' 4th tropical cyclone for 2019, after Amang in January, Betty in February, and Chedeng in March – 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:

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com