THIS year’s summer season is expected to be cooler than last year due to the prevailing La
Robert Sawi, weather section chief of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and
Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the La Niña event is likely to bring
rains in the country during the summer months of April and May.
“Precisely this coming summer season will be cooler than last year… the (La Niña) rains
could slightly disperse heat,” he said.
Sawi said Pagasa expects the highest daytime temperature to reach 35 degrees Celsius this
year, compared to the 39 degrees Celsius recorded last year in Isabela province.
Pagasa earlier warned the country might experience a wet summer this year because of the
Sawi, however, clarified this does not mean it will be raining the whole summer. “We can
expect more rainy days (this summer) compared to the normal,” he said.
La Niña refers to the abnormal cooling of the sea surface temperature in the equatorial
Pacific and is characterized by excessive rainfall. (PIA)