The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced on Friday the termination of the “hanging habagat” or southwest monsoon, a weather system associated with moist winds that bring heavy rains in the country.
Weather forecaster Shaira Nonot said the southwest monsoon is the prevailing weather system in the country during the rainy season or from June to early October.
She noted that the country is now experiencing the transition period from the southwest monsoon (habagat) to the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”
She said that with the termination of the southwest monsoon season, the onset of the northeast monsoon is expected to be announced by the third week of the month.
The northeast monsoon or the winter winds (hanging amihan) normally starts in mid-October and ends in late-March. It is usually associated with the Christmas season.
“The northeast monsoon or hanging amihan is the cold wind from Siberia that blows into the country, usually from mid-October until March,” Nonot told the Philippines News Agency.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that recent climate analyses showed that a significant weakening of the southwest monsoon wind has been observed over the last few days.
Moreover, the strengthening of the high pressure systems over the Asian continent has led to the gradual changing of the season.
Pagasa said that with these developments, the southwest monsoon, or known locally as “habagat,” is now officially over.
The climate of the Philippines is on the process of transition and will be expecting the gradual beginning of the northeast monsoon season in the coming days with a peculiar shift in the direction of the winds to the northeast.