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PAGASA – The state weather bureau PAGASA officially declare the start of dry season in the country today.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is a government agency.
It’s job is to ensure the safety and economic security of all the Filipino people and is mandated to provide defense against natural calamities.
Based on a report from Rappler, PAGASA announced the start of the dry season today March 22. The agency stated that the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” has ended.
“With this development, the day-to-day weather across the country will gradually become warmer, though isolated thunderstorms are also likely to occur,” said the agency.
PAGASA also gave warning about the weak El Niño in the tropical Pacific. This means that “prolonged dry spell and hotter air temperatures in the coming months.”
In a report, the Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III warned the public about the coming heat season. They gave advice to the Filipino on how to avoid heatstroke.
“Avoid being under the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s bad for the body to be exposed during those times,” said Duque.
According to the report, the state weather bureau released a list of what Filipinos should expect when the county is experiencing an El Niño full-blown:
Weak Monsoon Activity
Extended Dry Season
Fewer Tropical Cyclones
Delayed Onset of the Rainy Season
Below Normal Railfall
Above Normal Air Temperature
Based on the report, PAGASA expects 14 to 18 tropical cyclones in the Philippines this year compared to the average of 20 tropical cyclones.
The shortage of water in Metro Manila and Rizal were because of the below normal rainfall and the decrease of water level in La Mesa Dam.
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