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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced on March 20, 2020, that dry season has officially begun.
In a statement, PAGASA noted the “termination of the northeast monsoon” known as “amihan” that signaled the start of the dry season in the country.
Because of this, the day-to-day weather across the country will gradually become warm, though there are occurrence of isolated thunderstorms, said PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano.
They also advised the public to take necessary precautionary measures to avoid heat stress during the dry season.
In May last year, heat index in Virac town in Catanduanes island, part of the Bicol region, soared to 52.2 degrees Celsius. The heat index is the “apparent temperature or what humans perceive or feel as the temperature affecting the body.”
In Palawan, located between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer enjoys tropical to subtropical climate. The island province has two main seasons – the rainy months from June to October and the dry season from November to May. The best time for tourists to visit Palawan would be during the dry season months from March to June.
The weather in Palawan is dry during the months of January and February, yet it gets chilly at night. The trade winds make windsurfing a potential attraction in the province from December to April. Last month, the municipality of San Vicente, hold a surfing event in their town.
As early as January 2020, Puerto Princesa City and many parts of Palawan already feel the forthcoming dry months, with the absence of rains. The Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) has already declared Water Crisis Alert Level No. 3 since the start of March 2020.