Tropical cyclones expected in May

Published April 30, 2019, 3:59 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

One or two tropical cyclones will likely enter or make landfall over the country in May, amid a weak El Niño that is likely to prevail until August.

Based on its climatological record, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said one or two tropical cyclones may affect the country with a possibility of making landfall over Northern or Central Luzon this May.

It added that generally near average rainfall is expected in most parts of the country, except for Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas and some parts of western and southern Luzon where rainfall is likely below normal.

This Wednesday, Labor Day, PAGASA said the easterlies or warm and humid winds originating from the Pacific coast will prevail over Southern Luzon, and the entire Visayas and Mindanao.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate to at times heavy rains and thunderstorms will likely affect Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Sur.

Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Visayas, and the rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.

In the next few months, generally near average to slightly warmer than average temperature is likely, especially during night time, it added.