PAGASA announces onset of Amihan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) — Chilly days are ahead as the state weather bureau announced on Monday the onset of Northeast Monsoon or Amihan season in the country.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) observed “gradual cooling of the surface air temperature” over the northeastern part of Luzon.

“With these developments, the northeast wind flow is expected to gradually become more dominant over Northern Luzon, bringing cold and dry air. Surges of cold temperatures may also be expected in the coming months,” said PAGASA in a statement.

Meanwhile, with the ongoing La Niña, the northeast monsoon rains may be enhanced and could trigger floods, flash floods, and rain-induced landslides over susceptible areas, it added.

The bureau earlier announced the end of the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat season.

It also said the following number of tropical cyclones may be expected to enter the country in the coming months: two or three storms in November, one or two in December, and zero to one each in January, February, and March next year.