Plip, plip, ploop, plip: Pagasa officially declares rainy season


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has officially acknowledged the start of the rainy season beginning on Friday.

The state weather bureau gave an advisory, “The occurrence of scattered to at times widespread rainfall associated with the Southwest Monsoon during the past few days as observed by most Pagasa stations in the western section of the country confirms the onset of the rainy season over the areas under the Type I climate.”

Pagasa added that rainfall conditions for July are likely to be “generally near to above normal” over most parts of Luzon and Visayas.

In some areas in Mindanao and the southern Visayas will generally have less normal rainfall conditions.

“Meanwhile, [the] weak El Niño condition has persisted in the tropical Pacific since the last quarter of 2018 and likely to continue during the June-July-August 2019 season,” Pagasa added.

“Pagasa will continue to closely monitor the situation and updates/advisories shall be issued as appropriate. The public and all concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures against the impacts of the rainy season,” the state weather bureau concluded.

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