July 26, 2019
THE El Niño weather phenomenon that caused months of drought in several parts of the country may end in August, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Pagasa climate monitoring and prediction chief Analiza Solis said more than 50 percent of the global El Niño-Southern Oscillation forecasts suggest that there would be a transition to normal climate conditions after a three-month observation period from June to August.
She said drought-affected areas have recovered due to rains from the previous weather disturbances from June to July. In June, 39 percent of the country was affected by the drought.
The country is expected to receive mostly near normal (81 to 120 percent) to above normal (120 percent) rainfall. The southwest monsoon is also likely to prevail, Solis added.
Pagasa expects two to four typhoons to enter the country in August.
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