Pagasa: Expect heavier, frequent rains amid El Nino onset

Residents use an improvised raft, made of styrofoam, to cross floodwaters at Dampalit town in Malabon city, north …

The sun is out, but could be not for long.

Stronger and more frequent rains are expected to trouble Pinoys until next month, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned.

“We will have wetter conditions compared to the rainy season we usually experience during July, August, and September,” PAGASA senior weather specialist Thelma Cinco said.

Citing the latest climate forecast, Cinco explained the threat of downpours as heavy as what the country experienced from Hanging Habagat could occur more frequently until September.

She added storms as dangerous Typhoon “Ondoy,” which inundated Metro Manila in 2009, could happen again as an effect of El Nino, which is at an early development stage since July.

“Wetter condition in the Philippines is the usual consequence when El Nino is at an early development stage. It enhances the raining activities of (Southwest) monsoon,” Cinco told Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

The climate expert added that the development towards El Nino in the Pacific Ocean will also intensify the Westerlies or the winds coming from the West part of the globe.

The Westerlies is a wind system that signals shift from prevailing Southwest monsoon or Hanging Habagat to Northeast monsoon or Hanging Amihan.

Daisy Ortega, a climatologist in PAGASA Climatology and Agrometeorology Division (CAD), confirmed there is about 72 percent probability of an El Nino occurrence starting October.

Ortega explained that the height of El Nino will bring down the number of rainfall activity in the country from October onwards. 

El Niño is a climate phenomenon referring to the abnormal warming of eastern Pacific waters.

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