PAG-ASA has spoken. The rainy season hits again in the Philippines.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration aka PAG-ASA has confirmed the incoming rainfall on Tuesday, May 30, 2017:
“Intermittent to continuous rains and thunderstorms, associated with the Southwest Monsoon, will continue to affect Metro Manila and the western section of the country“
“Most parts of the country are likely to experience near to above normal rainfall conditions in the next two (2) months (June-July).“
It is expected that Manila (mostly in the metro) will experience a normal to above normal rainfalls.
Habagat aka “The Southwest Monsoon” has been causing the wet season which started on May 24, 2017.
“However, breaks in the rain events may also occur that can last for several days to weeks due to the persistence of the ridge of the North Pacific high pressure area,“
The rainy season doesn’t have to be gloomy. Here are a few cool activities that you’ll surely enjoy to take advantage of the wet season:
1. Go to the mall / shopping. No money? No problem! There’s always time for window shopping.
Going to SM Mall Of Asia might a good choice. Greenhills mall comes in second.
2. Go to the beach. Could be the best time to unwind after a long week’s work. Get wet! It’s raining anyway.
Boracay, El Nido, Puerto Galera, Samal Island & Panglao Island might be the best spots for you. No one says it has to be summer to enjoy the beach.
3. Water Activities: Surfing / Kayaking /Rafting. The more reason to take advantage of the water.
Best surf spots: San Juan (La Union), Siargao, Baler (Aurora)
4. Go visit some museums. Might not be everyone’s thing but it’s a great way to spend time with. Try it! You might be surprised with all the stuff you’ve been missing out on.
Try one of these museum spots: University of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences, Ayala Museum, National Museum of the Philippines, The Mind Museum, Quezon City Experience (QCX).
- Go to a hot spring. With a nice bottle of beer.
6. Go cooking / food tripping.
A nice hot soup might be nice.
But if you don’t have the energy to go out and move around, just stay at home, relax and reflect while watching those rain drops crawl down outside your windows. Even better if you could spend it with someone special (*wink).
On the other hand, it’s always best to prepare for the worst so keep in mind of these few safety measures:
1. Make sure that your gutters are clean and repaired. You always want to make sure that your roof does its job. Also check signs of leakage.
2. Windows and doors should always be secured.
3. Prepare your ultimate survival kit.
Well not really that kind of kit but make sure to prepare these: Supply of food/water, clothing, medic-kit, flash lights, batteries, radio (to keep you updated with the weather report).
4. Get comfy and cozy. Once you’re all set, just sit back and enjoy one of mother nature’s beautiful gifts.
The rainy season doesn’t have to be that cold after all.