DAVAO CITY – The El Niño phenomenon or drought will end middle of this year.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) regional director Gerry Pedrico also reported that by second or third week of May, hot temperature will start to wane to normalcy.

He explained the intermittent rains lately are normal in this transitory period towards the Southwest monsoon season. The isolated rain showers and thunderstorms due to localized convection will likely be experienced during the month.

“The weather systems likely to affect the country are the easterlies, intertropical convergence zone, ridge of high pressure areas (HPA), and zero or one tropical cyclone to develop or enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR),” Pedrico said.

He said that on June of this year, the city will experience normal rainfall.

Pedrico said that rainfall assessment for the month of March showed that most parts of the country received way below normal rainfall except for the provinces of Quezon, Marinduque, and Camarines Norte where above normal rainfall were observed.

As of March this year, warmer than average air temperatures were felt over most parts of the country except for Northern Luzon where slightly cooler than average temperature were observed, he said.

Pagasa also recorded the highest daytime temperatures in the country were 38.6 °C in General Santos City (March 1) which was 3 °C warmer than the normal maximum temperature and 36.6 °C in Cotabato City on March 5 and 6.

In Davao City, Pedrico said that the highest daytime temperature the city was 36 °C which happened on April 5.

As of now, Pedrico said that there is still no tropical cyclone detected in the Philippine Area of Responsibility.He said they will closely monitor the on-going El Niño condition and updates. (davaotoday.com)

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