IT’S official. The wet season is here.
With this announcement, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned of downpours in Metro Manila and in the western section of Luzon such as Ilocos and Bataan.
Thunderstorms are expected to occur often in various parts of the country.
PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano said the rainy season will last for three months. He said 11 to 16 tropical cyclones may hit he country starting this month until December.
The El Niño phenomenon, to be felt from October to early next year, may lead to less rainfall but will not prevent the formation of strong typhoons.
According to Anthony Lucero of the Climatology and Agrometeorology Division, the country will have three months of normal rainy season before the effects of El Niño will be felt again.
Above normal rainfall levels are expected in July but this is expected to dwindle to below normal from October to December, he said.
The western side of the country usually experiences majority of the rainfall from April to September before the rains move to the eastern side from November to March.