Typhoon Francisco may enter PAR Tuesday : PAGASA

A slow-moving typhoon, internationally named Francisco, may enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday evening, or even early Tuesday, but is not not expected to make landfall in the Philippines.

PAGASA forecaster Manny Mendoza explained on dzBB radio that the typhoon, which was still 1,500 km east of northern Luzon, was moving north-northwest at 10 kph.

The weather service had earlier projected that the typhoon would enter the PAR Monday.

When the typhoon does enter the PAR, it will be locally named Urduja.

Also, Mendoza said their models predicted the typhoon exiting the PAR Wednesday evening, and heading off to Japan.

Typhoon Francisco presently packs maximum winds of 175 kph near the center, with gustiness of up to 210 kph.

Francisco will enhance the northwest monsoon.

For Monday, Metro Manila, Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms due to the monsoon.

The rest of Luzon, and the Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy with rain showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening

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