MANILA - State weather bureau PAGASA said fair weather may be expected in the country in the next 24 hours even as typhoon Paeng (international name: Trami) gained strength.
In its weather bulletin at 5 p.m., PAGASA said Paeng, last spotted at 895 kilometers east of Aparri in Cagayan, has slightly intensified as it moved west northwest.
It is now packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, with gustiness of up to 225 kph.
Paeng will not yet have a direct effect in any part of the country in the next three days. It was also not expected to enhance the southwest monsoon immediately.
"Si Typhoon Paeng may affect the extreme northern Luzon on Friday," PAGASA forecaster Ezra Bulquerin said.
But Paeng might enhance the southwest monsoon by Thursday, which may bring light to moderate and at times, heavy rains over Luzon and Visayas, including Metro Manila.
No tropical cyclone warning has been raised, but Bulquerin said tropical cyclone warning may be raised over extreme northern Luzon by Thursday.
PAGASA earlier warned of possible landslides due to light to moderate rains, especially in the northern part of Luzon.
Paeng, which comes after typhoon Ompong left at least 88 people dead, continues to move west northwest, towards extreme Northern Luzon, at 20 kph.
Meanwhile, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center said Paeng has been upgraded to super typhoon, with sustained winds of 240 kph and gusts of up to 296 kph, based on its 1-minute measurements.
It is also expected to reach peak intensity in 72 hours, with sustained winds of up to 268 kph and gusts of up to 324 kph.
JTWC records higher numbers because of its 1-minute measurements compared to PAGASA's 10-minute average readings.