Taipei--A depression system near the Spratly Islands south of Taiwan could develop into a storm on July 15 at the earliest, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Thursday.
The depression could be upgraded to a tropical depression on Friday, the forecasters said, adding that if it eventually turns into a tropical storm, it will be named Talas and will be the fourth tropical storm to be formed in the Pacific Ocean this year.
Talas is named by the Philippines and meaning "sharpness," according to the bureau.
Regardless of its development, however, the depression is not likely to have a direct impact on Taiwan, according to the bureau.
It could move toward Vietnam or the southeastern Chinese province of Guangdong, it explained.
The weather in Taiwan next week is still expected to be hot, with thunderstorms likely in the afternoon, the bureau said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel