(Image courtesy of PAGASA)

MANILA – The low pressure area east of extreme northern Luzon has developed into a tropical depression and was named, "Luis," the weather bureau said in its 11 a.m. bulletin on Wednesday.

"Luis" packed maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 70 kph. It was last tracked 1,100 km. east of extreme northern Luzon, moving northwestward at 25 kph.

No tropical cyclone wind signal was hoisted in any part of the country.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Luis" is unlikely to directly affect the country's weather condition.

The southwest monsoon will cause rains over the western section of Southern Luzon, Eastern and Western Visayas, and the eastern section of Mindanao in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said "Luis" is also unlikely to directly affect the sea conditions of the country's coastal waters.

"Luis" is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 24 hours, but is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday. (PNA)