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    'Bagyong Dante' PAGASA weather update May 31, 2021

    MANILA, Philippines – 'Bagyong Dante' has intensified into a tropical storm, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 5:00 am update on Monday, May 31, 2021.

    Satellite image of Tropical Storm 'Dante' as of 7:00 am, May 31, 2021
    Satellite image of Tropical Storm 'Dante' as of 7:00 am, May 31, 2021. via DOST-PAGASA

    The center of Tropical Storm 'Dante' was estimated based on all available data at 625 km East of Davao City. It has maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center, gustiness up to 80 km/h, and central pressure of 998 hPa.

    SEE ALSO: 'Bagyong Dante' PAGASA weather update June 1, 2021

    It is moving North northwestward at 15 km/h with gale-force winds extend outward up to 50 km from the center.

    'Bagyong Dante' PAGASA weather update May 31, 2021

    On the forecast track, 'Bagyong Dante' will likely remain over the Philippine Sea throughout the forecast period.

    'Dante' is forecast to continue moving generally northwestward over the next three days. Afterwards, the tropical cyclone will turn generally northward on Thursday and northeastward on Friday.

    It is forecast gradually intensify in the next two days before weakening throughout the remainder of the forecast period.

    'Bagyong Dante' track and intensity

    HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND AREAS


    Heavy Rainfall

    Today, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Caraga and Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN, Bukidnon, and Misamis Oriental due to the outer rainbands of 'Dante'.

    Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps. Adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels.

    Severe Wind

    The present track forecast shows that the hoisting of Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) over any land area in the country remains less likely. However, given the uncertainty in its track forecast, any further westward shift in the track forecast or expansion in its wind radius may lead to the hoisting of TCWS over the eastern portion of the country.

    Tropical Cyclones

    'Dante', the fourth tropical cyclone for 2021, entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early Saturday, May 30.

    PAGASA predicts that 1–4 tropical cyclones are expected to form between April and June. Two cyclones developed/entered in PAR so far in the said range - 'Bagyong Bising' in April and 'Bagyong Crising' mid-May.

    On average, there are 20 tropical cyclones that could form or enter the PAR each year. Only half of those are projected to make landfall.

    During the climate outlook forum on May 26, the weather bureau said the onset of the rainy season is expected to start soon.

    SEE ALSO: La Niña ends, rainy season is coming

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