Tropical depression forming east of Philippines: CWB

Image taken from the CWB website

TAIPEI (CNA) — A cloud system east of the Philippines could strengthen into a tropical depression later Monday or Tuesday, but it is too soon to tell if it will turn into a tropical storm, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Monday.

In a press release, the CWB said it is still unclear if the tropical depression will become the first-named storm of the year, the CWB said.

The cloud system is moving toward the Philippines and is not expected to directly impact Taiwan, the bureau said, noting that it will continue to closely monitor its movement.

Should the depression later develop into a tropical storm, it will be given the name Vongfong and be the first-named tropical storm this year.

The name comes from Macao and means “Wasp,”according to the CWB.

Meanwhile, the bureau said the weather in Taiwan will remain unstable Monday due to the arrival of the first front of the plum rain season on Sunday evening, which will continue to bring rain across the country, especially in mountainous areas.

Daytime temperatures will drop to 27-30 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, and 30-34 degrees in central, southern and eastern areas of the country, the CWB added.