Dry spell ending in ZC – PAGASA PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 June 2016 13:59

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

 

The dry spell in Zamboanga City is coming to a close as the country’s weather bureau declares the start of the rainy season.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Chief Meteorological Officer Maribel Enriquez, Zamboanga City is no longer under a dry spell or drought status with the onset of regular rainfalls which began last May.

“Wala na po tayo sa dry spell or drought spell status pagdating nitong June kasi umulan na po noong May. Ang normal rainfall for Zamboanga City last May was 90%. Nagkaroon tayo ng rainfall ng about 107.5 mm, which is a little bit above normal,” she said.

The PAGASA already declared the onset of the rainy season in the country during the last week of May, at least two weeks earlier than normal as the declaration of the rainy season is usually between June 1st and 15th.

Based on PAGASA forecasts, the City can expect above normal rainfall for the months of July and September, with the rainy season peaking in the City from August to October. This, coupled with the development of La Niña within the second half of 2016, can mean stronger rains and incidences of flooding in the City.

for the rainy season are currently ongoing with the City Government directing the declogging of drainages, and the dredging of rivers. A total of 11 slope protection infrastructure projects in various barangays are near completion while additional slope protection projects were also recently approved by the City Council.

The latest advisory from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reports the El Niño as weakening and “in its decaying stage”, and the development of La Niña within the second half of 2016.

In Zamboanga City, heavy rainfalls and flooding are expected to occur during La Niña season, with rainfalls peaking from August to October.

Moreover, at least 7-12 cyclones are expected to develop and enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) from May to October 2016. — Jasmine Mohammadsali