Easterlies to bring hot weather; rainy season nears — Pagasa

By: Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ - Inquirer.net | May 22,2021 - 06:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Mindanao, and the Visayas may not expect rain as the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) weakens, bringing fewer clouds to the said areas, the state weather bureau said.

Reports from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Saturday afternoon also showed that the weakening of the ITCZ is an indication that the easterlies, or the warm winds from the Pacific Ocean, will be the prevalent weather system.

Pagasa satellite images also show that the cloud clusters brought by the ITCZ have thinned out, giving way to clearer skies starting Saturday.

The same images however also showed clouds forming over the West Philippine Sea, which is an indication of the looming habagat season or the southwest monsoon that will bring rain over the archipelago.

According to weather specialist Raymond Ordinario, there is a possibility that the habagat or rainy season will be declared in the coming weeks.

“Makikita natin dito sa ating satellite imagery na numipis na nga ‘yong kaulapan na nakaka-apekto dito sa may Visayas at Mindanao, at tuluyan nang humina ang epekto ng [ITCZ], kaya ang namamayaning weather system na nakaka-apekto sa malaking bahagi ng ating bansa ay itong mainit na hangin na easterlies,” Ordinario said.

(We can see through this satellite imagery that the cloud clusters affecting Visayas and Mindanao have thinned out, which means the ITCZ’s effects have weakened.  This is why the prevalent weather system across a huge part of the country are hot winds or the easterlies.)

“Gayon din naman namamataan natin no, nagkakaroon na ngayon ng mga kaulapan dito sa West Philippine Sea, na nangangahulugan na napapalapit na nga ang epekto ng ating habagat, at posible na nga sa mga susunod na linggo ang pagsisimula ng ating tag-ulan,” he added.

(Also, we have recently monitored the formation of clouds over the West Philippine Sea, which means that the habagat’s effects may be nearing the country, and it is possible that in the coming weeks we would declare the start of the rainy season.)

/MUF

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