PAGASA sees 'sign' of dry season's looming end


Posted at May 09 2019 08:04 AM | Updated as of May 09 2019 08:15 AM

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MANILA - Rains that brought floods to parts of Metro Manila late Wednesday were an indication of the dry season's looming end, the state weather bureau said Thursday. 

Wednesday's rains were caused by a frontal system or boundary between air masses with different temperatures, which enhanced 2 low pressure areas over Philippine waters, said PAGASA weather forecaster Robert Sawi. 

"Ito ay palatandaan na papalapit na iyung tag-ulan. Expected na halos araw-araw may mga ulan na sa hapon at gabi," he told radio DZMM. 

(This is a sign that the rainy season is coming. We expect that almost every day, there will be rains in the afternoon or evening.) 

The 2 LPAs have fizzled out, PAGASA meteorologist Ariel Rojas said in a Facebook video. 

A third LPA is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday, he said. Spotted 990 kilometers east of Mindanao at 3 a.m., the weather disturbance was unlikely to intensify into a storm, said Rojas. 

Rains will continue to dampen the Cordilleras until Monday's midterm elections, while the weather in Metro Manila and other areas will start improving by then, added Sawi. 

On Thursday, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan will experience scattered rains and thunderstorms, the weather specialist warned. 

Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains, he said. 

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates.