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Pagasa declares start of summer

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday officially declared the start of summer in the Philippines with the end of the northeast monsoon.

At a press conference, PAGASA administrator Nathaniel Servando said that the termination of the northeast monsoon season signaled the start of relatively warmer or drier months, known as summer in the Philippines.

“Today, we officially declare the start of the Philippine summer based on the analysis of the latest forecast,” Servando said, adding that the effect of the El Niño phenomenon is expected to continue.

“We expect higher temperatures and drier conditions during the months of April and May,” Servando added.

He advised the public and concerned national agencies to conduct the necessary preparations to minimize the effects brought by the hot and humid weather.

“Simple ways like drinking water and avoiding long exposure to sunlight can prevent diseases such as heat stroke,” Servando added.For her part, PAGASA climatology and agrometeorology division officer-in-charge Ana Liza Solis said that based on data from the weather bureau since Jan. 1, the highest temperature was recorded in Zamboanga City on Feb. 15, with 37.1 degrees Celsius.

“So far, this is the highest daytime temperature recorded this year,” Solis said.

She added that the lowest temperature was recorded in La Trinidad, Benguet at 7.9 degrees Celsius. “This was due to the northeast monsoon surges and 9.8 degrees Celsius was recorded in Baguio City,” she said.At the same time, Solis said that warmer and unusual above-normal temperatures will be experienced mostly in Luzon, particularly in western Luzon area and Cagayan Valley in April, May and June.According to Solis, the maximum extreme temperature during the dry months could reach 40.7 degrees Celsius or higher.

“These can be felt in Northern Luzon, including the Cagayan Valley area. As of now these areas are experiencing hot temperatures. Cold weather can still be felt in the mountainous areas in Luzon and Mindanao,” she said.Solis said that high temperatures brought by the warm and dry season could result in hot and more humid