Tropical depression intensifying and expected to affect Taiwan’s weather starting tomorrow

After the first July on record with no typhoon development in the northwest Pacific, one tropical depression was upgraded to tropical storm status today, and another is expected to intensify into a tropical storm tomorrow.

Tropical cyclone Sinlaku formed out of a monsoonal low pressure system in the South China Sea and was upgraded to a named tropical storm by the China Meteorological Administration this morning, August 1.

Sinlaku is moving towards the coast of southern China and Vietnam, and is not expected to have any significant impact on Taiwan’s weather, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

However, a tropical depression TD05 is expected to intensify into tropical cyclone Hagupit as early as tomorrow, according to the CWB.

Forecast charts of the CWB and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center predict the storm to move northwestward, bringing the system close to Taiwan’s east and north coasts starting Sunday evening.

The CWB stated that TD05 was located at 20.1 degrees north latitude and 128.9 degrees east longitude at 8 am today (August 1), 870 kilometers east-southeast of Point Eluanbi, moving northwest at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

The US military Joint Typhoon Warning Center predicts that TD05 will steadily intensify as it transits over warm waters, and will make landfall just south of Shanghai.

TD05 Southeast of Taiwan. Picture: CWB
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