MANILA - Tropical Storm Sarah is on its way out of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and is expected to exit between Friday night and Saturday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In its 5 p.m. press briefing, PAGASA said the weather disturbance was spotted at 3 p.m. approximately 530 kilometers northeast of Basco town, Batanes while packing maximum sustained winds of up to 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 105 kph gusts.
It was last seen moving northeast at 15 kph.
Due to Sarah's movement, the northeast monsoon (amihan) was able to move into the country, affecting Northern and Central Luzon, Aurora, Bicol Region and Metro Manila, said PAGASA.
On Friday, the monsoon will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers over Bicol Region, and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon.
Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains, meanwhile, may prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
The weather bureau also issued a gale warning, saying that waves could be as high as 2.8 to 4.5 meters off the coasts of Batanes, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Cagayan and Isabela.
PAGASA said sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of northern Luzon.
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