Rains now here, rainy days still far off

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People can still catch the summer fever and go to beaches—because the rainy days are still too far.

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A weather forecaster predicted that rainy season may enter in the first or second week of June.

Jori Loiz, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration weather forecaster said the soutwest monsoon is the very factor that determines the onset of wet or rainy season.

The southwest monsoon triggers the rainy season and typhoons enhance the rains—but no typhoon has come to town. That’s why it’s not yet rainy season,” Loiz told The Manila Times.

He added that other factors includes a five-day continuous rains with 25 milliliter rain water amount of rainfall that does not happen in May.

“Our records show in the 1948 to 2010 data, there are 29 years in which typhoons didn’t blow in May,” he explained.

Loiz said that an average of 21 typhoons enter the country in a year, the stronger of which may occur between May and September depending on the temperature of sea water and wind conditions.

“What we have these days are localized thunderstorms or scattered rains brought about by the heat during the early part of the day,” Loiz said, adding that it will be cloudy and rainy in most parts of the country until the rest of the week.

As there is no weather disturbance near or within Philippine territory, the diffused tail-end of a cold front and the intertropical convergence zone will continue to induce rains in some parts of the country bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light to moderate rains that will prevail in Northern and Central Luzon.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light-moderate showers is expected in parts of Mindanao because of the intertropical convergence Zone.

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