Pagasa announces the beginning of summer

Pagasa announces the beginning of summer

Visitors beat the summer heat as they swim at a beach in Panglao, Bohol on March 22, 2024.

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday officially declared the beginning of summer in the Philippines with the end of the northeast monsoon.

In a press conference, PAGASA Director Nathaniel Servando said the end of the northeast monsoon season signals the beginning of relatively warmer or drier months, known as summer in the Philippines.

“Today, we officially declare the beginning of the Philippine summer based on the analysis of the latest forecasts,” Servando said, adding that the influence of El Niño is expected to continue.

“We expect higher temperatures and drier conditions during April and May,” Servando added.

He advised the public and concerned national authorities to make the necessary preparations to reduce the effects of hot and humid weather.

“Simple methods such as drinking water and avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun can prevent diseases such as heatstroke,” Servando added. For her part, Ana Lisa Solis, responsible for the Climatology and Agricultural Meteorology Department at Pagasa, said that based on data from the Bureau of Meteorology and since January 1, the highest temperature was recorded in Zamboanga City on February 15, when it reached 37.1 degrees Celsius.

“So far, this is the highest daytime temperature recorded this year,” Solis said.

She added that the lowest temperature was recorded in La Trinidad, Benguet, at 7.9 degrees Celsius. “This was due to the northeast monsoon blowing and 9.8 degrees Celsius was recorded in Baguio City,” she said. Meanwhile, Solis said warmer and unusually above normal temperatures will mostly be experienced in Luzon, especially in the Western Luzon region. and Cagayan Valley in April, May and June. According to Solis, the maximum maximum temperature during dry months can reach 40.7 degrees Celsius or higher.

“These storms can be felt in northern Luzon, including the Cagayan Valley region. So far these areas are experiencing high temperatures. Cold weather can still be felt in the mountainous areas of Luzon and Mindanao,” Solis said. The resulting high temperatures The warm and dry season could lead to hotter and more humid weather conditions in the coming days and months. Through May, we could experience the (High Heat Index) under the ongoing El Niño phenomenon. She said: “We are still seeing a moderate strength of the El Niño phenomenon… rainfall Less and a prolonged dry spell may lead to drought, so the peak effect of El Niño continues.”

Solis noted that many regions have already declared a state of disaster due to the lack of rainfall.

“As of March 21, we can expect the heat index to rise in Western Luzon and Western Mindanao, which means the humidity is higher in these areas or what we call human discomfort,” she added. “The public should expect an increase in discomfort caused by the high heat index, especially communities,” she added. “The weak.”

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