Better weather seen for long weekend

Posted at 10/26/2012 10:05 AM | Updated as of 10/26/2012 5:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos who are expected to troop to the provinces today for the semestral break and the commemoration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day should expect improved weather.

This, as PAGASA forecasts tropical storm "Ofel" to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today.

PAGASA forecaster Bernie de Leon said that so far, no cloud formation that has potential of becoming a weather disturbance was seen near PAR.

However, he said rains are still expected, especially over the eastern side of the Philippines as the storm remains inside PAR. Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are still advised not to venture out into the seaboards of northern and central Luzon due to the surge of northeast monsoon (amihan).

But de Leon said this weather condition is expected to change later in the day as the storm moves towards Hainan, China – Vietnam area.

"Sa Metro Manila at halos malaking bahagi ng Luzon ay may makakapal na ulap na dulot ng outer rain bands ng bagyo. Pero dahil sa pagkilos ni Ofel ay inaasahan natin na magbabago na ang ating panahon, at ang pag-ulan ay hindi na kasing lakas ng kahapon at buong magdamag," de Leon told dzMM.

"Dahil nga inaasahang lalayo na itong si Ofel ay gaganda na ang panahon. Wala tayong namamataang low pressure area o potential na low pressure area," he added.

PAGASA said as of 4 a.m., Ofel was 320 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales.

Ofel was still packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 90 kph. It was moving west-northwest at 22 kph.