MANILA, Philippines — The onset of the rainy season in the Philippines has officially started as announced by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday (June 12).
In a statement, the weather agency noted the occurrence of scattered thunderstorms, the southwest monsoon (Habagat) and tropical depression Butchoy that have brought “significant amount” of rain to the western sections of Luzon and Visayas during the last five days which “satisfies the criteria of the start of the rainy season.”
PAGASA forecasts that scattered rains to widespread rain and thunderstorms will continue in areas affected by habagat in the coming days.
“The public and all concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures against the impacts of the rainy season.”
PAGASA noted, however, that there will be dry periods “that could last for several days to two weeks” called monsoon breaks after some time within the wet season.
So far, two tropical cyclones have entered the country this year: Typhoon Ambo in May and Tropical Depression Butchoy in June.
The state weather bureau, meanwhile, expects about 10 to 14 tropical cyclones that may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility between June and November this year.