Davao experiences hotter summer: Pagasa

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Friday, May 2, 2014


SUMMER season in Davao City is no joke as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) noted consistent high temperature from 32 up to 34 degrees Celsius during the previous days until Friday, May 2.

Gerry S. Pedrico, Pagasa-Davao City chief meteorological officer, said the highest temperature in the city was recorded on Monday, April 28, with a scorching 35.3 degrees Celsius.

Pedrico said temperatures in Davao City would range from 25 to 34 degrees Celsius, with the weather anticipated to be warm and humid.

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He said the city might experience hot temperature until the end of May.

Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo said in a statement that El Niño may develop this year as indicated by majority of climate models.

The DOST said El Niño is characterized by unusually warm ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific (Ceep).

"The established threshold of SSTA for an El Niño phenomenon is 0.5 degrees Celsius or higher during a three-month period. Pagasa has already noted significant increase in the SSTA from 0.2 to 0.4 C from April 21 to April 28, 2014," Montejo said.

"Because of this development and as climate models predict that this condition may persist for the next nine months, Pagasa is foreseeing the onset of El Niño in June which may peak during the last quarter of 2014 and may last up to the first quarter of 2015," he added.

Pedrico, on the other hand, said El Niño is characterized by "erratic weather patterns."

He said some parts of Davao City may experience "varying rainfall impacts".

While Pagasa is still closely monitoring the oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the tropical Pacific, Pedrico said the public is advised to refrain from too much sun exposure from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m, which registers the highest temperature, and to also keep hydrated.

The DOST said the country could still experience normal number of tropical cyclonea this year.

"However, El Niño causes the behavior of tropical cyclones to become erratic, affecting its tracks and intensity. The tropical cyclone tracks are expected to shift northward and its intensity could become stronger," Montejo said.

He called on all concerned agencies to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the El Niño.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 03, 2014.

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