MANILA — Tropical depression “Butchoy” may likely exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday night, a weather specialist said.

In its 5 p.m. update, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Ana Clauren said “Butchoy” will slowly stop affecting the country as it heads away from the landmass.

Butchoy was last eyed 285 kilometers west of Dagupan City, Pangasinan, moving west-northwest at 25 kph.

It has maximum winds of 55 kph, and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

Butchoy and the southwest monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and the Visayas are forecast to cause scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Luzon and the Visayas.

Mindanao may also experience isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, strong winds with rough seas will prevail over Northern Luzon and the western section of Central Luzon.

The rest of Luzon will have moderate to strong winds and moderate to rough coastal waters.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate with slight to moderate seas, according to PAGASA. (PNA)

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