PAGASA declares onset of rainy season

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021   •   313

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday officially declared the start of the rainy season in the Philippines.

PAGASA said the passage of Tropical Storm Dante and the occurrence of widespread rainfall monitored in the last five days for areas under Type I climate confirm the onset of the rainy season.

“The probability of near to above normal rainfall conditions is high in the next two months (June-July),” the state weather bureau said.

“However, breaks in rainfall events (also known as monsoon breaks), which can last for several days or weeks, may still occur,” it added.

The agency said intermittent rains, associated with the Southwest monsoon will continue to affect Metro Manila and the western section of the country.

PAGASA urged the public and all concerned agencies to take precautionary measures against the impacts of the rainy season.

Monsoon rains affect parts of Luzon; new tropical cyclone brews outside PAR

Marje Pelayo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The southwest monsoon is continuously affecting the country.

Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM forecast for Monday (July 26), monsoon rains will prevail over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, and Occidental Mindoro expected to cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered to widespread moderate to at times heavy rains.

Metro Manila, Abra, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, and Batangas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms throughout the day.

This could bring moderate to at times heavy rains which could lead to flash floods or landslides as well.

The rest of the country will experienced partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms where flash floods or landslides are possible during severe thunderstorms

Meanwhile, a new tropical cyclone was spotted outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

As of 4:00 AM today, PAGASA located tropical storm Nepartak at 2,980 east northeast of extreme northern Luzon packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h moving northward at 20 km/h.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Infa (formerly Fabian) was at 1,070 kilometers north of extreme northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h and gustiness of up to 140 km/h. It is moving northwestward at 10 km/h.

Both tropical cyclones have no direct impact on any part of the country as of this writing.

Signal #1 remains over Batanes; Typhoon Fabian to exit PAR Friday night — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Fabian is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening (July 23) according to state weather agency PAGASA.

As of its 5:00 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Typhoon Fabian was located 540 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h and gustiness of 185 km/h.

Thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #1 remains hoisted over the province of Batanes while a cyclone warning signal was earlier lifted for Babuyan Islands.

Given this condition, residents of Batanes will continuously experience strong winds throughout the passage of the typhoon.

Meanwhile, typhoon-enhanced southwest monsoon will continuously experience scattered to widespread monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Cavite, and Batangas.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over Metro Manila, the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region, Bulacan, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands.

Also, occasional gusty conditions will be experienced over Visayas and the rest of Luzon, especially in the coastal and upland localities in these areas.

According to PAGASA, Typhoon Fabian is forecast to gradually intensify in the near term and reach its peak intensity tomorrow afternoon.

A weakening trend in its intensity may begin by Sunday morning.

Clusters of Delta variant cases seen in Northern Mindanao, Antique – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported that clusters of Delta COVID-19 variant cases have been observed in Northern Mindanao and the province of Antique in Western Visayas.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the cluster of infections in the Northern Mindanao was seen in a family while different clusters of infections were observed in Antique.

She said one family cluster may have stemmed from an individual who came home from work and infected the household.

“Ito pong ating cluster of infection na isa, dito sa may Delta variant, nakitaan natin na mayroon isang kapamilya na nagtratrabaho sa isang lugar at umuwi sa kanilang pwesto, at doon sila po ay nagkaroon ng pagkakahawa-hawa. There is a link,” Vergeire said in a press forum.

The DOH earlier confirmed the local transmission of the highly contagious variant following the phylogenetic analysis conducted by the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center, and case investigation by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau and the regional and local epidemiology and surveillance units.

The number of Delta variant cases in the Philippines rose to 47 after 12 more local cases were detected. Of these cases, three died while eight remain active.

The DOH reminded the public to continue adhering to COVID-19 health protocols, such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travels and gatherings.

They must also get vaccinated against COVID-19 when it is their turn.

The DOH likewise urged local government units to shorten the duration of case detection to isolation and immediately isolate symptomatic patients, and ramp up their vaccination and prioritize the senior citizens and people with underlying conditions.

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