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Rainy season in the Philippines is expected to commence before June ends.
Among its indicators is the presence of the southwest monsoon, locally known as habagat. This word is derived from bagatan, which means southern in Ilocano. State Meteorologist Gener Quitlong explained that the habagat is characterized by warm and humid air blowing from the southwest. Most of its affected areas are in the western sections of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The habagat is capable of bringing heavy rain showers from three days to one week. This year, it is expected to prevail by the end of June up to the month of September.