Before the first week of June ended, PAGASA announced the onset of the Wet Season or Tag-ulan.
In a press briefing today, Weather Specialist Chris Perez said that the widespread rainfall recorded in most PAGASA stations during the past few days due to the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat confirms the onset of the rainy season in the western part of the country.
Due to the warm and moist characteristics of the Habagat, rains and thunderstorms will be frequently experienced in several parts of the country, mostly in the Climate Type 1 areas. The western part of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and Western Visayas will continue to experience scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms in the coming days. The public and all concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures against the impacts of the rainy season. Despite the rains, PAGASA clarified that dry periods or “monsoon breaks” may still occur and last for a few days two weeks.
Tropical Depression “Domeng,” the cyclone that enhanced the Habagat has intensified into a Tropical Storm.
The combined effects of “Domeng” and the Habagat will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains in Aurora, Bataan and the regions of Bicol, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Western Visayas; while scattered rain showers will prevail in the rest of Luzon and of Visayas today. Monsoon rains will continue in Metro Manila and the western sections of both Luzon and Visayas this weekend, making flash floods or landslides possible.
This month,1 to 2 tropical cyclones may develop within or enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).