“Habagat” season ends; weather bureau eyes “Amihan” season in a few weeks

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THE Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that that southwest monsoon or the “Habagat” season is officially over.

The weather bureau said the southwest monsoon has already weakened in the past few days, adding that the stronger high-pressure system over East Asia in contributing to a gradual change in weather patterns.

This means the country is slowly transitioning towards the northeast monsoon or “Amihan,” which it said will be felt in the country in the coming weeks.

However, because of the El Niño weather phenomenon, below-normal rainfall conditions will be highly likely, wherein dry spells and droughts will be experienced in some parts of the country.

This is seen to happen during the last quarter of the year up to the first quarter of 2024, and may adversely affect the different climate-sensitive sectors such as water resources, agriculture, energy, health, public safety, and other key sectors in the country.

PAGASA said it will continue to monitor the country’s weather and climatic conditions and advised the public and all concerned agencies to regularly monitor relevant PAGASA information.

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