Rainy season has started - PAGASA

HELLO, RAIN. Filipino school children wearing raincoats during an event in Pasig city, September 2, 2012. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

HELLO, RAIN. Filipino school children wearing raincoats during an event in Pasig city, September 2, 2012.

File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

MANILA, Philippines - It's official: We're now in the rainy season, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

"The prevailing synoptic conditions over the country are now characterized by southwesterly to westerly windflow, high humidity, presence of rain clouds and the daily occurrence of rainshowers and thunderstorms," the bureau announced Monday afternoon, June 10.

"With this development, enhanced rainfall is expected over the country particularly over the western section which signifies the onset of the rainy season," the announcement said.

Despite this, the bureau warns of breaks in rainfall, "lasting for a few days or weeks."

Officially, the Philippines' climate has two major "seasons" based on temperature and rainfall, according to PAGASA: the rainy season from June to November, and the dry season from December to May.

PAGASA then divides the dry season into two: a cool dry season (December to February), and a hot dry season (March to May).

The bureau declares the rainy season's onset after 5 consecutive days of rain. - Rappler.com