MANILA (Mabuhay) — State weather bureau experts expect better weather in the country next week.
They forecast typhoon ‘Ineng’ (international name ‘Goni’) to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) around Monday (Aug. 24), decreasing effect of this tropical cyclone (TC) on the rain-driving southwest monsoon or ‘habagat’ prevailing in the country.
“There’s also neither a new TC nor LPA that can affect the country next week,” said forecaster Aldczar Aurelio from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
He noted the Pacific TC with international name ‘Atsani’ after ‘Ineng’ is too far to affect the Philippines.
In its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin released Saturday (Aug. 22), PAGASA located Ineng at 165 kilometers northeast of Calayan in Cagayan province or 70 kilometers east of Batanes province’s Basco municipality as of 10 a.m. of this same day.
‘Ineng’ packed maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour near its center and gustiness of up to 195 kilometers per hour, noted PAGASA.
Aurelio said Ineng continues enhancing ‘habagat’ so monsoon rains can still be expected in Metro Manila this weekend.
“Metro Manila’s weather might improve by either Monday or Tuesday (Aug. 25) with anticipated exit of ‘Ineng’ from PAR,” he noted, however.
The enhanced ‘habagat’ will further dump rains in Central and Northern Luzon until the middle of next week but weather there is expected to begin improving afterwards with anticipated exit of Ineng, he continued.
He said PAGASA also forecast improving weather in the Visayas next week, he noted.
“We expect the entire country to have good weather by either Friday (Aug. 28) or Saturday (Aug. 29),” he said.
PAGASA expects Ineng to move north-northeastwards at 11kph, faster than its earlier forecast speed of nine kph.
“The typhoon accelerated slightly as it continues moving in a north-northeast direction,” PAGASA said.
Ineng will likely be 295 kilometers northeast of Basco by Sunday morning (Aug. 30), said PAGASA.
PAGASA forecast Ineng to be 740 kilometers northeast of Basco on Monday morning, already outside PAR. (MNS)