MANILA (UPDATE)— A low pressure area off the country's Pacific coast intensified into tropical depression Perla early Wednesday, the state weather bureau said.
PAGASA said Perla was 1,190 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora at 10 a.m. and heading for Luzon's northern tip. It was moving west northwest at 20 km per hour and packing 45 kph maximum winds with gusts of up to 55 kph.
The country's 16th storm this year is expected to weaken as it nears Luzon due to cold winds from the northeast, PAGASA said.
This windflow will bring cloudy skies and light rains over the northernmost islands of Batanes, Cagayan, Babuyan group of Islands and Apayao, it added.
Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will experience cloudy skies and scattered rains due to an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) or band of clouds, while localized thunderstorms may hit Metro Manila and the rest of the country, the agency earlier said.
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