By Alexandria San Juan
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration officially declared the start of the rainy season on Friday.
The state weather bureau, in a statement, confirmed the onset of the wet season following the occurrence of “widespread rainfall” recorded in most of its weather stations during the past few days due to the southwest monsoon or Habagat.
PAGASA said the rainy season will be felt on the western part of the country, including Metro Manila.
These areas, PAGASA said, will continue to experience scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms in the coming days.
But rain events might still be followed by dry periods or “monsoon break” that could last for several days to two weeks.
“PAGASA will continue to closely monitor the situation and updates or advisories shall be issued as appropriate. The public and all concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures against the impacts of the rainy season,” it stated.
The bureau made the announcement as tropical depression “Domeng,”which is likely not to make landfall, and the southwest monsoon continue to bring rains over Luzon and parts of the Visayas.
The rainy season in the Philippines usually falls from June to November with an average of 20 cyclones a year.
Four tropical cyclones had already hit the country this year.
Domeng is expected exit the country tomorrow, Sunday.
In the late Friday morning weather forecast of PAGASA, the center of the tropical depression was at 470 km East of Casiguran, Aurora, with maximum sustained winds of 60 kilometer per hour near the center, and gustiness of up to 75 kilometer per hour. It is moving north at 15 kilometers per hour
Ezra Bulquerin, PAGASA weather specialist, said the chance of Domeng making a landfall is still slim.
Moderate to occasional heavy rains will affect Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), Bicol, Western Visayas, and the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, and Zambalesdue to Domeng and the southwest monsoon.
Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of Luzon and theVisayas due to monsoon trough.
Meanwhile, Mindanao will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers caused by localized thunderstorms.