Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced to the public that the country is already experiencing the rainy season.
Dr. Landrico Dalida Jr., PAGASA deputy administrator of operations, said in a media briefing that the changes in the weather, more specifically the widespread rainfall in the past few days, show that the country is already in the wet season.
"The onset of the rainy season associated with the southwest monsoon, locally known as the habagat, is now in progress," Dalida said.
Assistant weather services Chief Anthony Joseph Lucero added that, "Yes, tama, tag-ulan na po."
(Yes, right, it’s already rainy season.)
"It's in progress. We don't need to finish up all the observations before we announce it... It's about time to tell everybody that the rainy season is now in progress," he furthered.
Wet conditions are anticipated to continue and become more widespread in the succeeding days, in the afternoon especially, according to the weather bureau officials.
Flooding, brought by heavy rains, has been affecting different parts of Metro Manila in the past days.
According to PAGASA, the current El Niño condition that we are experiencing is expected to end by July. On the other hand, La Niña weather occurrence is expected to advance by August.
Weather Division Chief Esperanza Cayanan said there would be around eight (8) to seventeen (17) tropical cyclones that will enter the country until October.
She added that stronger typhoons are predicted to hit the Philippines in the latter part of the year.
"Ang mas maraming bagyo, on the average, is usually July and nagpi-peak sa August. But then yun pong malalakas na bagyo at marami pong damage, nararanasan po natin sa last quarter of the year, so October, November, December," Cayanan said.
(On the average, there are more storms on July and will have its peak on Augusr. But then, the strongest typhoons that may cause major damage, we usually felt during the last quarter of the year, so that will October, November, December.)
"Since meron po tayong projection or inaasahang La Niña, mas ine-expect po natin na mas maraming pag-ulan tayong mararanasan," she noted.
(Since we are anticipating La Niña, we must expect to experience more rainy days to come.)