Tropical Depression Egay, shallow LPA enhancing monsoon

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Egay maintained its strength before dawn on Sunday, June 30, while forecasters spotted a shallow low pressure area (SLPA) inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Both weather systems will enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which continues to affect Luzon and the Visayas.

In a press briefing around 5:30 am on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Depression Egay is already 810 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte, or 940 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon.

From its initial slow pace, Egay slightly accelerated, now moving west northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (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 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.

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Egay as of June 30, 2019, 5 am. Image from PAGASA

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Egay as of June 30, 2019, 5 am.

Image from PAGASA

Meanwhile, the SLPA is located 590 kilometers west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

PAGASA Weather Specialist Gener Quitlong said the SLPA is not expected to become a tropical depression. As mentioned, however, it will also enhance the southwest monsoon.

The following areas are affected by the southwest monsoon on Sunday:

Monsoon rain

Light-heavy rain

PAGASA advised residents in those areas to stay on alert for possible flash floods and landslides.

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:

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