MANILA - The dry season has officially started, but scattered rains will continue to dampen some parts of the country.
Analiza Solis of PAGASA's Climatology and Agrometeorology division on Tuesday said the country will still experience rain showers and thunderstorms.
"May local thunderstorm activity na usually ay tuwing tanghali o hapon o minsan dakong gabi. Ito ang tinatawag na local effects," she said in a Bandila DZMM interview.
Solis also said the state weather bureau didn't err in declaring the start of dry season despite the cloudy and rainy weather in some parts of Metro Manila.
PAGASA, she said, assessed many factors before declaring the end of northeast monsoon or "Amihan."
"Kailangan i-konsidera natin kung hindi lang ano ang nangyayari at the local scale, lalong-lalo na sa Metro Manila," she said.
Tuesday's rainy weather is also not an indicator of climate change.
"Meron tayong tinatawag na natural fluctuation ng ating climate system na tinatawag na climate variability, kung saan merong natural cycle o fluctuation ang ating klima. Kaya ito po ay natural lang nating nararanasan," Solis said.
Though warmer and drier days are ahead, PAGASA warned that at least one major weather system may enter the Philippine territory during summer.