Weather bureau declares rainy season

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) — The weather bureau announced today the onset of rainy season.

"The occurrence of widespread rainfall recorded in most PAGASA stations during the past few days due to the southwest monsoon ("Habagat") confirms the onset of the rainy season over the western part of the country," Vicente Malano, administrator of the  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said in a statement.

While Metro Manila will have widespread rains and thunderstorms in the coming days, PAGASA said this will be followed by dry periods, or monsoon breaks, for up to two weeks.

PAGASA also issued a thunderstorm advisory for June 8.

Heavy rains with lightning and strong winds in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Southern Luzon today.

"All are advised to take precautionary measures against the impacts associated with these hazards which include flash floods and landslides," PAGASA said.