CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: A climate specialist warned that El Niño might still persist with the onset of the La Niña. El Niño is a phenomenon of a long drought or dry spell, while the La Niña is the opposite weather condition, which means more rains are coming ahead. Joseph Basconcillo, a climate specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), said El Niño was on the decline as normal weather conditions might be experienced during the May-June-July season. “El Niño is in decaying stage,” Basconcillo said, summing up the global advisory from the International Research Institute at Columbia University, United States, Bureau of Meteorology in Australia, the Tokyo Climate Center in Japan, and the APEC Climate Center based in South Korea. “With this current state, La Niña Watch is now in effect. A La Niña event is characterized by a persistent cooler-than-average sea surface temperature anomalies [below -0.5 degrees Celsius]over the tropical Pacific,” he said. Basconcillo said Pagasa predicted that there would be more rains in the months of May up to July as local thunderstorms, inter-tropical convergence zones (ITCZ), lower pressure areas (LPAs), tropical cyclones, and other factors would be coming in. It also expected tropical cyclones, ITCZ and LPAs in the August-September season.