THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has reported that El Niño is starting to weaken while La Niña might come as early as July.

Engineer Oscar Tabada, Pagasa Visayas Director, said in a forum Friday morning, May 20, that the onset of rain might be in the third and fourth week of June.

He said the public should expect more water, more super typhoons, and a possibility of storm surges when La Niña comes. He then encouraged the public to be ready.

According to Pagasa's report, La Niña is expected to come in the second half of the year, with 75 percent of chances that it will extend until 2017.

In the same report, La Niña is characterized by a persistent cooler than average sea surface temperature anomalies (below -0.5'C) over the tropical Pacific.

The same report has stated that Cebu has had very little rainfall since March due to El Niño. 0.30 mm was recorded in the month of March, while 61.0 mm is deemed normal. 50.0 mm is the normal rate for April, but only 4.0 mm was recorded.

Meanwhile, Virgilio Jakosalem, provincial agriculturist, said that the government will hold an information caravan about La Niña next month to reach farmers and people in the outskirts. (Elizah Marie dela Rosa, CNU intern/Sunnex)