Hotter, drier days are here, says Pagasa

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


EXPECT drier and hotter days as the state weather bureau yesterday announced the end of the northeast monsoon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in a press release that gradual increase in daily air temperature is expected over most parts of the country in the coming days.

In an interview, Pagasa Mactan Station weather specialist Nedz Saletrero said the easterlies, or winds coming from the east, replaced the northeasterlies yesterday, signaling the start of the dry hot season or summer.

Saletrero, however, said their station has yet to receive official communication from the Pagasa central office in Manila declaring the start of summer.

Light rains

The easterlies, she said, bring warm and moist air. “We can still expect light rains and isolated thunderstorms but these won't be as frequent,” Saletrero told Sun.Star Cebu.

Temperature of up to 33 degrees Celsius can be expected during the dry hot season, which lasts until May. Last Tuesday, the Pagasa Mactan Station recorded 30.3 degrees Celsius.

For March and April, the weather bureau forecasts zero to one tropical cyclone. It expects one to two tropical cyclones to affect the country in May.

Saletrero said the normal rainfall amounts for April and May are 48.1 millimeters and 95 millimeters respectively. But Saletrero said rainfall in Cebu is expected to be below normal in April and above normal in May.

She advised the public to keep hydrated by drinking water and avoid direct exposure to sun from noon to 2 p.m.

Asked about the possibility of an El Niño, Saletrero said the weather bureau can only tell this July.

El Niño is characterized by hotter days and below normal rainfall for five consecutive months.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 27, 2014.

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