PAGASA: Amihan Season Not Yet Over

February 15, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday said the northeast monsoon period that brings slightly colder than average temperature in the country is not yet over.

For the next three days, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” will affect parts of Luzon.

She said the seasonal wind from the northeast will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains in Northern Luzon today.

But beginning tomorrow, she said it is expected to slightly intensify, reaching the rest of Luzon.

“Simula sa Martes ay inaasahan natin na medyo lalakas ang amihan at posibleng buong Luzon na ang maapektuhan nito,” Escullar said.

“May posibilidad din na makaabot ito hanggang Metro Manila,” she added.

Until Wednesday, Escullar said the presence of the northeast monsoon will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light rains in most parts of Luzon.

She said the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms.

Escullar noted that the country will continue to be spared from tropical cyclones during the three-day weather outlook.

The northeast monsoon is a mass of cold air from China and Siberia that blows into the country from mid-October to early March.

It normally peaks between January and February – the coldest months in the country.

PAGASA will declare the start of dry or summer season after observing that the northeast monsoon is completely gone.

Because of the prevailing strong El Niño event, the state weather bureau expects an early termination of the northeast monsoon this year.

PAGASA is also expecting a hotter-than-usual summer this year due to El Niño.

The El Niño phenomenon is characterized by below-average rainfall.

Latest climate models showed that the ongoing El Niño event will likely end by July.

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