Taipei, A tropical depression forming between Guam and the Philippines could strengthen into a tropical storm and become the 9thnamed storm, Lekima, Sunday but is unlikely to affect Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The tropical depression comes following a newly developed tropical storm in the Pacific named Francisco, according to the CWB.
Meanwhile, another tropical disturbance in the South China Sea could develop into the 10thnamed storm later this week, the bureau said.
As of 8 a.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm Francisco was located 2,190 kilometers east of Taiwan, moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 26 kph and is expected to move toward 530 km south of Japan's Osaka Sunday before hitting South Korea Wednesday, the CWB forecast.
The storm was carrying sustained winds of 90 kph, with gusts of up to 119 kph and had a radius of 100 km, the CWB said.
Meanwhile, the tropical depression located east of the Philippines was moving north at a speed of 7 kph, according to the CWB.
In addition, there are also tropical weather systems in the South China Sea and in waters east of the Philippines and north of Guam, some of which might gain strength and develop into tropical storms over the next few days, according to Wu Derrong an adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University.
The CWB said that most areas of Taiwan are expected to see cloudy to sunny skies Sunday and Monday, with a high chance of occasional showers in eastern Taiwan, the Hengchun peninsula and Matsu, while afternoon storms are forecast for southern Taiwan and mountainous areas of northern parts of the island.
Meanwhile, hot weather is expected to prevail around Taiwan Sunday, with daytime highs forecast to hit 3335 degrees Celsius, according to the bureau.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel