In a statement released by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday, October 22, 2020 (Thursday), the Southwest Monsoon or “Habagat” is officially over.
“With these developments, the Southwest Monsoon season or known locally as “Habagat” is now officially over. The season in the Philippines is on the process of transition and will be expecting the gradual start of the Northeast Monsoon (NE) season in the coming days with a shift in the direction of the winds.”
According to the statement of PAGASA, a significant weakening of the Southwest Monsoon has been observed over the last few days based on recent analyses.
In addition, the gradual change of the season was due to the strengthening of the high-pressure area over the Asian continent.
And, PAGASA has stated that with the on-going La Niña, the NE monsoon may be enhanced that could trigger:
- Rain-induced landslides over susceptible areas.
PAGASA also has advised all concerned government agencies and the public to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the aforementioned events.