Rainy season officially starts with Habagat, tropical depression

Rainy season
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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has officially declared the start of the rainy season on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, with new tropical depression Ester and the southwest monsoon or Habagat bringing rains and thunderstorm in most parts of the country.

"The prevailing synoptic conditions over the country are now characterized by southwesterly windflow, high humidity, and occurrence of daily rainshowers and thunderstorms. This development signifies the onset of the rainy season over the western section of the country," PAGASA acting administrator Vicente Malano said in an advisory.

Malano added during wet season or months of July and August, near to above normal or 81%C to more than 120% rainfall conditions are expected in most parts of the country, though monsoon breaks may happen and may last for several days.

Tropical Depression ‘Ester’

Satellite image of Ester as of 7:32 pm

Meantime, low pressure area (LPA) off Batanes has intensified to a tropical depression named ‘ESTER’ before noon on June 10 and will continue affecting Northern Luzon.

According to the state weather bureau’s 5 p.m. forecast, ESTER was estimated at 200 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes with maximum winds of 55 kph and is forecasted to move northeast at 22 kilometers per hour (kph).

As of posting, Batanes Group of Islands remained under Signal No. 1 and Bagyong ESTER has maintain its strength and will continue to enhance the Habagat which will bring moderate to heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Zambales and Bataan, PAGASA announced.

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