MANILA, Philippines – With the northeast monsoon winds gone, weather bureau PAGASA said this signals the start of the dry season.
“Dahil natapos na ang pagihip ng hanging amihan (northeast monsoon), inaasahan na natin ang pagsisimula ng dry season o mainit na temperatura hindi lang dito sa Metro Manila kung di sa malaking bahagi ng Luzon hanggang sa kabisayaan,” said Nathaniel Cruz, weather bureau chief of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Cruz advised the public to brace for more hot days to come, which might last until June of this year.
“Asahan pa natin ang mas mainit at mas maalinsangang paahon ngayon Marso, Abril, Mayo at posibleng hanggang Hunyo pa,” Cruz said.
Cruz explained the El Niño phenomenon raises the temperature and lessens the occurrence of rainfall in the next few months.
On Wednesday, Metro Manila sizzled when temperatures reached 35.5 degrees at 3:30 p.m.. PAGASA said it was the highest ever recorded in the National Capital Region this year.
“Inaasahan natin na lalampasan pa niya yung 35.5 degrees na nangyari ng a-3 ng Marso,” he said.
PAGASA’s website said the continued eastward migration of the high pressure area over mainland Asia and the development of low pressure systems in the Indian sub-continent indicate the termination of the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) season in the Philippines.
“(Northeast monsoon ay) Hanging na nanggagaling sa Mainland Asia at siya ang dahilan kung bakit may malamig tayong Nobyembre, Disyembre, Enero hanggang Pebrero. Kapag humina ang hanging amihan, yan na din ang hudyat na simula na ng summer na tinatawag,” explained Cruz.