STORMS have little chance of entering the country this summer season, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) Saturday.

“Even if it's true that historical data shows that storms enter the country in May, it also usually goes another direction and does not make a land fall,” said Pagasa director Prisco Nilo.

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The weather bureau official further said the high pressure area (HPA) that will direct the storm towards the direction of the country is weak.

As of Saturday, the ridge of the HPA extending across Luzon and Visayas remains to be weak and not enough to stop the movement of any coming tropical cyclone, which will allow it to stay in the Philippine Area of Responsibility to make a land fall.

Pagasa is expecting considerable amount of rain to fall in far-off June but could not determine yet whether it will fall in places that are in need of water.

The intense heat brought about by El Niño coupled with the lack of rain has been drying up farms, dams, and bodies of water all over the country - killing crops and animals.

Isabela, Cagayan, Sto. Tomas, Pangasinan, and Cauayan City and Ilagan town in Isabela are among those that have been placed under states of calamity due to drought. (Angela Casauay/Sunnex)