Weaker La Niña seen in Visayas


ILOILO CITY: The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pa-gasa) regional office here sees a weaker La Niña until the end of the year in Western Visayas.

Pag-asa Iloilo head Ronaldo Naragdao said that from June to December this year, only 65 percent of the above-normal rainfall will be felt in the region.

Indicators showed pressure from central Pacific equator and the cooler sea surface temperature joint-ly pulled down the under-normal condition.

Naragdao said the advisory from Pagasa acting Administrator Vicente Malano showed that for the month of July, the weather systems that will likely affect the country are the southwest (SW) mon-soon, inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ), low pressure area (LPA) and one to three tropical cy-clones may develop or enter the Philippine Area of Res­ponsibility (PAR).

Rainfall conditions are predicted to be below-normal in most parts of Luzon except for Isabela, Quirino, Quezon and the Bicol Region where near-normal rainfall condition is expected.

Most areas of Visayas and Mindanao are likely to receive near- to above-normal rainfall, while West-ern Visayas except Capiz, Sarangani, Surigao del Norte and Sulu are likely to have below-normal rainfall conditions, Naragdao said.


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