The onset of the northeast monsoon or amihan has shifted the wind patterns around Palawan and is blowing away the haze coming from Indonesian forest fires, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tuesday.
Local chief Sonny Pajarilla said that as the wind reverted, the haze would no longer track the area of Palawan. The wind currently prevailing over the country is now coming from the northeastern side which is opposite of where the smoke comes from.
“Hindi rin nawawala ‘yong haze totally, meron ‘yan pero localized. Ibig sabihin ‘yong mga sa atin-atin lang kasi every time na meron na ‘di nama-maximize ‘yong ating horizontal visibility, meron ‘yan kasi dusty na rin tayo sa Puerto, pero hindi ‘yan ‘yong haze na ating pinag-usapan before [kasi] wala na ‘yon,” he said.
Meanwhile, the weather bureau announced recently that the wind is transitioning from southwest to northeast monsoon.
Pajarilla said the northeast monsoon or amihan will officially prevail between the last week of October to the first week of November.
He said a high-pressure system will be established where the amihan will come from.
“Hindi pa nagwa-warrant yong pressure system dito sa may Mongolia, Siberia area ng China kaya transition ang ating prevailing wind na naghi-hit sa atin ay yong itong northwest Pacific high pressure area, nandito yan sa Japan area,” he said.