THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced today that the rainy season in the country officially starts today.
In an advisory, PAGASA said the presence of the frontal system and the occurrence of severe thunderstorms have brought widespread rains during the last five days in areas that the state weather agency says are under Type 1 climate and other parts of the country.
Also observed, according to PAGASA, was the presence of southwesterly wind flow in the past few days.
“This satisfies the criteria of the start of the rainy season over the western sections of Luzon and the Visayas,” the advisory noted.
Furthermore, PAGASA said that intermittent rains, commonly associated with the southwest monsoon, will start to affect Metro Manila and western sections of the country.
The state weather agency also reminded that the La Niña weather phenomenon is still ongoing and may affect some parts of the country that may increase the likelihood of above-normal rainfall conditions in the next few months.