MANILA -- The rainy season has commenced.
Weather bureau PAGASA said aside from the southwest monsoon, rainfall volume data collected from its rain-monitoring stations have confirmed the criteria for the onset of the rainy season have been met.
''For the past few days nakita natin, may criteria na na-satisfy nitong Linggo. Kung babalikan natin, noon pang Miyerkules nag-umpisa ang episode nito so nasatisfy siya noong Linggo,'' PAGASA acting administrator Vicente Malano said.
PAGASA said given the humid weather brought about by the El Niño, tropical cyclones forming in the Pacific Ocean are also expected to be stronger than usual.
The weather bureau said 11 to 16 tropical cyclones are expected to develop or enter the Philippine area of responsibility from June to December.
PAGASA said the El Niño phenomenon, which started last year, delayed the onset of the rainy season.
The phenomenon is expected to result in near or above normal rains in the next three months, especially in the western part of the country.
The El Niño is projected to intensify and last until early 2016 before terminating in May 2016.