By NITZ ARANCON
CAGAYAN de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and other areas in Mindanao would experience more thunderstorms at this time considered as a transition period from the dry to the rainy season.
But the rainy season is not expected until the first or second week of June, said Luz Mercado, weather specialist at the El Salvador station of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
“Nia pa kita karon sa transition period,” said Mercado. “Ma-o nang ato pa gihapong masinati ang ka-init sa panahon.”
She said the easterly winds are still prevailing and until the southwest monsoon comes and takes over, Pagasa would not declare the start of the rainy season.
Mercado said the start of the rainy season is characterized by five consecutive days of rain and a rainfall of 5.0 millimeters.
“Wala pa kana nga mga tima-an sa pagkakaron,” she said.
But Mercado said “localized thunderstorms” would be experienced in this part of the country.
“Kining ‘localized thunderstorm,’ ma-o kini ang magdala sa madag-omon nga kalangitan ug pat-ak pat-ak nga mga pa-ulan labi na panahon sa hapon ug gabi-e, pero dili pa gyud kini masaligan sa atong mga farmers kay kalit-kalit ra ni nga klasi sa ulan. Mawala sa sab dayon,” Mercado explained.
In a forecast, Pagasa said an intertropical convergence zone was affecting Mindanao and would bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.
In its 24-hour weather forecast, Pagasa said the weather system would affect Mindanao and Visayas, and Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon would have cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (with reports from pna)