PAGASA: It's 'dry season,' not summer

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 6) — Dawn is coming earlier and at midday, the sun is doing its best to bake you alive.

That must mean it's summer again — the season for fun on the beach and epic road trips.

But there is no "summer" for the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). That's because they call it the "dry season."

The agency said Wednesday that the Northeast Monsoon that affected northern and central Luzon over the past few days has ended.

In addition, PAGASA said weather-map analyzes show the forming of the North Pacific High Pressure Area over the east-northeast part of the country.

These two factors are signs that the country is transitioning to the dry season, which PAGASA said is expected to be in full swing over the weekend, leading to warmer and drier weather all over the country.

However, the weather bureau said some isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon or evening, particularly over the eastern sections of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, there will be moderate-to-occasionally rough coastal waters, particularly over the eastern section of Luzon and the Visayas, because of moderate-to-strong easterly winds.

In Mindanao, the northward migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) or passage of easterly waves will lead scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The weather bureau has likewise noted the record-high temperatures for this year.

On March 24, the town of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro hit 37 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija recorded a heat index — or the temperature that people perceive or feel — of a searing 47.8 degrees Celsius on March 26.