pile sand bags along the sea wall of Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. (MNS photo)

pile sand bags along the sea wall of Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Get ready for cooler days in the coming weeks as the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat gives way to the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan.

PAGASA forecaster Samuel Duran said Monday the transition from Southwest Monsoon to the Northeast Monsoon is now in progress.

Ang Habagat pawala na, transition period na tayo. Asahan natin magkakaroon ng enhancement ng northeasterly winds at ito magiging amihan na,” he said.

When asked if the transition will end by the last week of October, he said, “most likely.”

The transition could mean the cool days associated with the Christmas season may be coming soon.

Earlier, PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said the Northeast Monsoon may start settling in during the later part of October, and be in place by November.

Cool winds from the Northeast Monsoon are associated with the Christmas season in the Philippines.

The Philippines is known for having the world’s longest Christmas season, with preparations starting as early as September. (MNS)