The Philippine Atmospherical, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration Services on Friday officially declared the end of the southwest monsoon or "hanging habagat" as the country transitions into the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”
The weather bureau said a significant weakening of the southwest monsoon has occurred over the last few days based on their recent analyses.
It cited the strengthening of the high-pressure area over the Asian continent, leading to the gradual changing of the season.
“With these developments, the Southwest Monsoon season or known locally as 'habagat’ is now officially over,” Pagasa said.
With the ongoing La Niña phenomenon, the northeast monsoon may be enhanced that could trigger floods, flash floods and rain-induced landslides over susceptible areas.
Meanwhile, a low pressure area over the Philippine Sea has developed into a tropical depression named "Quinta."
As of 4 p.m. yesterday, the center of Quinta was estimated at 880 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
It was moving westward slowly, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
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