By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Expect cool weather in the coming days as the southwest monsoon or “habagat” season ends, marking the nearing start of the northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said Friday.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced the termination of habagat after it observed a significant weakening of the southwest monsoon winds over the last few days.
With this development, PAGASA said that the southwest monsoon season, the weather system associated with rainy season, is officially over.
PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano also explained that the Philippine climate is now in transition.
“The strengthening of the high pressure systems over the Asian continent suggests the gradual transition of the season,” he said.
With this, the gradual onset of the northeast monsoon or ‘amihan’ season is expected in the coming days as the wind reverses from the southwest to northeast.
The northeast monsoon is the weather system usually associated with cool weather during the holiday season.