‘Dry’ June in the forecast: Pagasa

THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (Pagasa) said that while the rainy season has arrived, Central Visayas may continue to experience a drought or dry spell this month of June.

In a drought, rainfall drops more than 60 percent, while in a dry spell, there is 40 to 60 percent less rainfall, said Pagasa Visayas Chief Engineer Alberto Quiblat Jr.

June is supposed to be the wettest month with an average of 190 millimeters of rain, said Quiblat. However, only 20 millimeters of rain have fallen since the beginning of the month.

This has prompted the weather bureau to describe the rain situation in Cebu as “below normal,” which is why the entire province is still under a dry spell.

The monsoon has brought in heavy rainfall in the western portion of the Visayas and Luzon. The rains will continue to December, he said.

“Our forecast now, based on the climatological model, is that June will still continue to experience drought or dry spell, July will have normal rain, August will have above normal rain, while the months of September and October will experience a dry spell,” Quiblat said.

The rainy season usually ends in December, he said.

Quiblat said they expect fewer typhoons compared to the normal 20 weather disturbances recorded in the past. However, the typhoons will pack in stronger winds and more rain because of the climate change and the mild El Niño. (EOB)


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