PAGASA declares start of El Niño

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA announced on Tuesday, July 4, the start of the El Niño phenomenon in the Tropical Pacific.

In a statement, PAGASA said the current El Niño is "weak" but has shown signs of strengthening in the coming months.

PAGASA declares start of El Niño

The weather central also upgraded the warning status from El Niño Alert to El Niño Advisory.

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Early May this year, PAGASA issued El Niño Alert saying the condition may persist until the first quarter of 2024.

The El Niño is characterized by unusually warmer than average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) at the central and eastern equatorial Pacific (CEEP).

El Niño increases the likelihood of below-normal rainfall conditions, which could have negative impacts (such as dry spells and droughts) in some areas of the country. However, over the western part of the country, above-normal rainfall conditions during the Southwest Monsoon season (Habagat) may also be expected.

— The Summit Express

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