By Catherine J. Teves
MANILA, Sept. 28 (PNA) — The country will likely see improving weather by the beginning of next month.
State weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) based such forecast on expected easing of the rain-driving southwest monsoon following projected exit of typhoon 'Jenny' (international name 'Dujuan') from the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early this week.
"Better weather is possible beginning Thursday (Oct. 1)," said PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio.
He said latest available data indicate 'Jenny' will likely exit PAR around Tuesday morning (Sept. 29).
The southwest monsoon enhanced by 'Jenny' will still affect the country even if this typhoon exits PAR but is expected to begin easing around Wednesday (Sept. 30), he noted.
Easing of the southwest monsoon will result in better weather afterwards, he continued.
In its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin released Monday (Sept. 28), PAGASA located 'Jenny' at 355 kilometers northeast of Batanes province's Itbayat municipality as of 10 a.m. of the same day.
'Jenny' packed maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour near its center and gustiness of up to 220 kilometers per hour, said PAGASA.
Public storm warning signal 1 already prevails in Batanes group of islands where State forecasters expect winds of 30 kilometers per hour to 60 kilometers per hour.
Moderate to heavy rainfall is possible within the 600-kilometer radius of 'Jenny,' warned PAGASA.
The southwest monsoon and 'Jenny' can bring light to moderate rain in Ilocos Region, the Cordilleras, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Mimaropa Region, Calabarzon Region and Panay Island, PAGASA also said.
PAGASA forecast 'Jenny' to move at 19 kilometers per hour and still in a west-northwest direction.
Aurelio said there is no existing weather system preventing 'Jenny' from exiting PAR.
He also said latest data does not indicate the possibility of 'Jenny' recurving.
"From all indications, 'Jenny' will exit PAR as forecast," he said.
PAGASA forecast 'Jenny' to be 550 kilometers northwest of Itbayat on Tuesday morning, already outside PAR.
'Jenny' will likely be about 1,020 kilometers northwest of Itbayat by Wednesday morning, PAGASA also said.
The typhoon is forecast to move further away from PAR and will be likely be 1,280 kilometers northwest of Itbayat on Thursday morning, PAGASA added. (PNA)