There are reasons to begin this week with a smile. As the ridge of the high pressure area continues to extend over Luzon, generally fair weather will prevail over the country. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with chances of isolated thunderstorms will be experienced. Another piece of good news, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said no weather disturbance or tropical cyclone is expected to enter the Philippine Area Responsibility (PAR) within the next 3 days.
Meanwhile, thunderstorms occur more often as we approach the onset of the rainy season. Thunderstorms may bring moderate to heavy rains, gusty winds, thunder and lightning that normally persists within 1 to 2 hours. The public is advised to bring umbrellas and to keep monitoring weather updates.
According to PAGASA, the onset of the rainy season usually occurs during the middle part of June, and that rains will primarily affect the western section of the country as the southwest monsoon or “habagat” starts to be the dominant wind system. Mendoza added that there are 16 to 20 rainy days expected this month.
Aside from the habagat, the intertropical convergent zone (ITCZ) is also one of the weather systems to prevail this month. ITCZ, where winds from the northern and southern hemisphere meet, can cause thunderstorms in the affected areas. This is also dubbed as the “breeding ground” of low pressure area, which may develop into a tropical cyclone. However, Mendoza said the ITCZ is still over the equator and its axis has not yet reached our boundary.
Though some parts of the country are starting to experience rains, the heat can still be felt in some areas.