Pagasa records 212 mm of rainfall in first week of August

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THE amount of rainfall that poured down in Cebu in August this year has exceeded the greatest daily rainfall recorded in the same month 40 years ago.

Last August 3, 2022, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) Visayas recorded 107 millimeters (mm) of rainfall, which is equivalent to 535,000 drums of water per square kilometer.

Pagasa Visayas weather bureau chief Al Quiblat told SunStar Cebu Monday, August 8, that this has surpassed the 96.6 mm rainfall recorded on August 17, 1982.

For the first seven days of August, Pagasa had already recorded 212.9 mm of rain in Cebu.

Pagasa weather specialist Jhomer Eclarino said the low pressure area (LPA) that has caused the heavy downpour in recent days had already left the Philippine area of responsibility.

The only prevailing weather system inside the country is the southwest monsoon, locally known as "habagat," which is currently affecting areas in central and southern Luzon.

In Cebu, Quiblat said that Cebuanos can expect fair weather but there is still a chance of rain showers in the afternoon caused by localized thunderstorms. (IRT)