No storm is expected over the Philippines in the next 3 days, the state weather bureau said Sunday, as dozens of provinces were affected by below-normal rainfall.
El Niño, a weather pattern associated with reduced rainfall, will affect the country until June, said PAGASA weather forecaster Ezra Bulquerin.
“Mababa po iyung tsansa ng pag-ulan. Kung may pag-ulan man po, bandang hapon siya,” he told DZMM.
(There is a low chance of rains. If it would ever rain, it would be around the afternoon.)
The amihan or northeast monsoon may bring light rains over Batanes and Babuyan islands, while Metro Manila and the rest of the country could experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies, said PAGASA.
Five provinces experiencing drought conditions including Ilocos Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Maguindanao and Sulu, as of February 28, the weather agency earlier said.
A total of 55 provinces, meanwhile, were experiencing dry spell, as of March 19, according to PAGASA climate monitoring chief Analiza Solis.
The weather bureau defines dry spell as 3 consecutive months of 21-60 percent rainfall reduction, while drought is either a dry spell that extends to 5 months, or at least 60 percent rainfall reduction for 3 consecutive months.
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