The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) on Thursday advised the government to get ready as the extreme opposite of El Niño, La Niña, is expected to develop.
“The El Niño continues to weaken in the tropical Pacific; meanwhile the possibility of a developing La Niña is favored during the second half of 2016. With this current state, La Niña Watch is now in effect,” PAGASA stated in its latest advisory.
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Chief of Pagasa’s Climate Monitoring and Prediction Section Anthony Lucero said that “(i)t is better for the national government to prepare for another extreme weather event.”
However, he warned that victims of El Niño shall be prioritized for the moment.
“But the pressing concern at the moment is how to help the victims of El Niño who are still reeling from its effects,” he said.
In May, average air temperatures are still anticipated to be warmer in several places in the country.
This year, the highest and hottest daytime temperature recorded so far is at 40.1 degrees Celsius in Echague.
Over Luzon and the Visayas, below normal rainfall is expected. Significant portions of Mindanao are to have near-normal to above-normal rainfall conditions.
PAGASA said 37 provinces, or 46 percent of the country, would likely experience three consecutive months of drought.
In Luzon, said provinces are Abra, Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao, Mountain Province, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Masbate. In the Visayas, the provinces are Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor and Biliran. In Mindanao, these are Zamboanga Sibugay, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sarangani, Surigao del Norte, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
El Niño causes very hot and dry weather in which state the country is. Opposite of it is La Niña, which can bring intense and heavy rainfalls.
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