PAGASA: Rainy season may start on 2nd half of June

May 21, 2021 People's Tonight 102 views

CNN Philippines — There are indicators the rainy season would start by the last half of June, a state weather bureau forecaster said Friday.

“We are now monitoring kasi nakikita na natin iyong mga indicators na nagpapakita na pwede nang umihip itong ating habagat na mag-i-i-start ng rainy season especially [in] the western part of Luzon,” PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario told CNN Philippines’ New Day, when asked about the official start of the wet season.

[Translation: We are now monitoring because we are seeing indicators the monsoon could blow at any time, and that would trigger the start of the rainy season, especially in the western part of Luzon.]

PAGASA refers to habagat as warm and moist winds that cause rains over the western portion of the country, usually from May to September.

The agency will continue to monitor the “progression of indicators” that suggest southwest monsoon rains may affect the country soon, Ordinario said, adding the wet season could begin by “the second half of June.”

Meantime, another weather system — the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone — is expected to bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in Bicol, Mimaropa, the Visayas, and Mindanao on Friday.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, meanwhile, will have generally fair weather with chances of isolated rains and thunderstorms, Ordinario said.

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