Dry season to begin by last week of March – PAGASA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) – The state weather bureau will likely declare the onset of the dry season in the country by the last week of the month.

"We're looking at possibly the last week of March when amihan gradually ends. And then April onwards, [we have] the usual warm months in our country," weather forecaster Chris Perez of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration told CNN Philippines' The Newsroom on Tuesday.

Perez said "amihan" or the northeast winds causing chilly temperature will continue to weaken in the coming weeks.

"We are expecting that most parts of the country will experience generally warmer termperatures as amihan is expected to terminate between the second week up to the last week of March," he said.

The easterlies, or winds from the Pacific Ocean in the east, are bringing warm and humid air all over the country, Perez said.

"Prolonged exposure to sunlight, day-high temperature and high relative humidity bring an uncomfortable feeling especially in the afternoon," he added.

PAGASA reminded the public to bring bottled water at all times, especially those who have prolonged exposure to sunlight during this period.

In its weather bulletin, PAGASA said Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, and Quezon will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms during the day due to the tail end of a cold front.

Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, and the rest of Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with light rains brought by the northeast monsoon.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms brought by the easterlies.