PAGASA: Rainy season is here

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — Get your umbrellas ready: the weather bureau announces the onset of the rainy season.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tuesday there has been widespread rainfall monitored in the last five days, and Metro Manila and the western side of the country are having rains and thunderstorms.

"Intermittent to continuous rains and thunderstorms, associated with the southwest monsoon, will continue to affect Metro Manila and the western section of the country," according to PAGASA's statement on its website.

The southwest monsoon or 'Habagat', associated with the wet season, has brought showers to the country since its onset last May 24.

"However, breaks in the rain events may also occur that can last for several days to weeks due to the persistence of the ridge of the North Pacific high pressure area," according to the weather bureau.

PAGASA added that areas of the country may experience near to above normal rainfall conditions in the next two months. "The public and all concerned agencies are advised to take precautionary measures against the impacts of the rainy season," it stated.