THE country can expect at least six cyclones during the first half of the new year.
Pagasa weather forecaster Benison Estareja said at least one cyclone is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility every month.
“Maaasahan po na from January to April, posible pong mag tig-iisang tropical cyclone, and then pagdating po ng May and June, maaasahan po ang isa o dalawang tropical cyclones. [We can expect that from January to April, it’s possible that there’d be one to two tropical cyclones],” Estareja said.
He added that the number of cyclones is less than the average of those caused by the El Niño phenomenon. But residents should always be prepared for stronger weather systems, he added.
“Kung mapapansin po natin na konti lang yung dumarating na bagyo kapag may El Niño, pero di po yun dapat ipagsawalang-bahala dahil kung naranasan po natin nung mga nakaraang mga bagyo ay malalakas pa rin po. [You may notice that only a few typhoons come in when there’s El Niño, but we shouldn’t ignore that, because as you may have noticed, even the recent typhoons amid the El Niño were also strong,” he said.
Meanwhile, seven areas have fallen under a dry spell, namely, Laguna, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Guimaras, Albay, Aklan and North Cotabato.
Pagasa also said four areas namely Quezon province, Camarines Norte, Northern Samar and Samar will experience drought or way below normal rainfall.
Rains are expected to continue in the coming days, according to another forecaster.
"Apektado tayo ng tail-end ng cold front. Itong Quezon saka northern part ng Bicol, diyan sa areas na iyan, may mga thunderstorms. Malakas ang pag-ulan. [We are still affected by the tail-end of a cold front. Quezon (province) and the northern part of Bicol—there will be thunderstorms over those areas],” Pagasa weather forecaster Jori Loiz said over TV station GMA.
Loiz also warned the public to expect colder weather in January despite the heat from El Niño.