Tropical depression expected to enter PAR Monday evening – PAGASA

July 16, 2012 9:52 pm 

MANILA, July 16 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that the tropical depression east-northeast of Batanes is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Monday evening.

Weather forecaster Ricky Fabregas said that as of 2 p.m. Monday, the tropical depression, with the international name "Khanun," was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 1,340 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes (24.1°N, 136.2°E) with maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour. It is forecast to move west-northwest at 19 kph.

Fabregas said once the tropical depression enters the Philippine territory, it will be named "Enteng" and will be the fifth weather disturbance to enter the PAR this year.

“As of now, we are monitoring the tropical depression which is expected to enter the PAR in the evening, but it will just pass over and skim the country like the tropical storm 'Carina' and head to Korea,” Fabregas said.

He added that if the tropical depression enters the country Monday evening, it is expected to leave the PAR by Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said a weak southwest monsoon is affecting the western sections of Northern and Central Luzon which will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Light to moderate southwesterly winds will prevail over the entire archipelago and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate. (PNA)

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