The Philippines will get two typhoons in August, the state weather bureau told reporters on Thursday, saying it was a lucky news for alleviating the dry spell in a supposedly rainy season.
This was less than four typhoons previously forecast to hit in August, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) senior forecaster Ludy Alviar said.
"There is a high-pressure area in our territory and it prevents the low-pressure areas that generate typhoons from forming. We are just hoping we'll be lucky enough to get two storms in August," Alviar said in an interview on Manila's dzBB radio.
Alviar said the Philippines was initially expected to experience three typhoons in July, but none of these weather disturbances passed through any part of the Philippines.
Two typhoons entered the Philippines earlier this year, but veered away from the country.
Parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces suffered Wednesday a two-hour blackout after hydroelectric plants were unable to generate sufficient power due to the low level of rainfall in the rainly season. Authorities feared that the power outages could last two to three days.