May 2, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday said the onset of the rainy season this year will likely be delayed due to the prevailing El Niño event.
PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said the rainy season might be delayed by one to three weeks.
Perez said the wet or rainy season in the country usually begins between last week of May and first half of June.
But this year, he said the dry or summer season will likely be extended up to the “second half of June or early July” because of the El Niño.
Perez noted that this scenario is similar to what happened in 1997-1998, when the rainy season was delayed because of a strong El Niño, which is a weather phenomenon caused by the unusual warming of ocean temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that usually brings below-normal rainfall in the country.
“Na-delay din ang rainy season noong 1997-1998 dahil sa strong El Niño at posibleng ganito din ang mangyari ngayong taon,” he said.
According to the United States-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, the current El Niño has tied the 1997-1998 El Niño, which was the strongest on record since record keeping began in 1950.
Although the El Niño is now in a decaying stage and may end by July, Perez said its impact could still be felt after a month or two.
As a result, he noted that from July to August, many parts of the country would still get less than the usual rainfall that they receive during the wet season. -EAN