PAGASA expected to declare onset of ‘amihan’

Published October 27, 2020, 2:40 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is expected to declare the onset of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” season “in the coming days or weeks.”

PAGASA weather specialist Robb Gile said the northeasterlies or the cold winds coming from the northeast is slowly sustained, and is being enhanced by the passing storms.

The country is currently on climate transition period after PAGASA declared the end of southwest monsoon or “habagat” last Oct. 22.

“In the coming days or weeks we can already declare the onset of amihan, which usually begins between the last week of October and the first couple of weeks of November,” Gile said.

Last year, the “amihan” season kicked off on Oct. 25.

Northeast monsoon is defined by PAGASA as cold winds from the northeast that bring rains over the eastern side of the country.

“Amihan” usually reaches its peak from December to February.

PAGASA earlier said the coming “amihan” season will be more active due to the La Niña event, which could contribute to flooding, flash floods, and rain-induced landslides over high-risk areas.

It advised all concerned government agencies and the public to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential impacts of these events.