June 26, 2019
The low pressure area that entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Saturday has become a tropical depression named “Dodong.”
The weather bureau said Dodong would enhance the southwest monsoon, and bring rainshowers and thunderstorms in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Bicol Region, and Western and Central Visayas.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) spotted Dodong at 615 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. It was moving at 25 kilometers per hour in a northeast direction and carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center.
Pagasa weather specialist Ana Clauren said monsoon rains or sustained moderate to heavy rains are expected on Wednesday and Thursday. Scattered rains and thunderstorms are also expected on Friday to Sunday.
Dodong is expected to exit PAR in the next 48 hours.
Clauren said flashfloods or landslides could occur in areas that would be hit by severe thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, Clauren said with the sustained monsoon rains, there was a possibility that Angat Dam would receive rainfall sufficient to raise its water level.
“Medyo malaki ang possibility na makakatulong ‘yung mga pag-ulan natin ngayon para madagdagan po yung tubig natin sa Angat (There’s a big chance that the rains would somehow elevate the dam’s level),” Clauren said.
On Tuesday, Pagasa registered the reservoir’s water at 158.77 meters, 0.32 meters lower than the previous 157.56 meters.
Meanwhile, the weather bureau said the weak El Niño episode could persist until August.
“Weak El Niño conditions will likely continue in June-July-August 2019, with a chance to continue until end of 2019,” Pagasa Climate Information Monitoring and Prediction chief Analiza Solis said in a climate outlook forum on Tuesday.
Solis added that based on various El Niño-Southern Oscillation forecasts, the weak El Niño might continue until the first quarter of 2020.
“May possibility po na magtutuloy-tuloy ang El Niño, ‘yun po ang hindi natin i-a-account kasi ngayon pa lang po, weak El Niño, nagkakaroon na po tayo ng problema sa tubig. Meron pong patuloy na mga impact pati na po sa agri sector, so ‘yun po yung tinitignan natin na kung mag-po-prolong ito. Even still at weak El Niño level, ay baka po pag hindi tayo nakapag-ipon ng tubig ngayong taong ito na tag-ulan ay baka po magkaproblema tayo lalo sa susunod na taon (There’s a possibility that if El Niño persists, which we will not account at the moment because as of now, with only a weak El Niño, we are already experiencing problems with water. If we could not save enough water during the rainy season, we might have problems next year),” Solis warned.
Pagasa’s latest climate report indicated that the number of areas suffering from drought had decreased to 39 percent in June from 41 percent in May.
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