MANILA — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday announced the start of rainy season in areas affected by the southwest monsoon (habagat).

“The occurrence of scattered thunderstorms, tropical depression ‘Butchoy’, and the southwest monsoon during the last five days have brought significant amount of rains over the western section of Luzon and Visayas,” it said in a statement.

This satisfies the criteria of the start of the rainy season, it added.

Habagat would continue to bring widespread rains and thunderstorms in the coming days, but PAGASA said this may also be followed by dry periods or monsoon break that could last for up to two weeks.

PAGASA climate monitoring chief Analiza Solis earlier said the country only has two seasons — wet and dry.

The dry season normally begins in April, and may last until the second week of May, she said, adding that the wet season usually begins in June.

Butchoy, meanwhile, is the second tropical cyclone in the country in 2020, and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility either Friday night or Saturday. (PNA)

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