La Niña causing weird summer weather

by Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Mar 30 2012 06:53 PM | Updated as of Apr 01 2012 02:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The hot and dry weather of the summer season may come late this year as heavy rains continue to drench different parts of the country.

A weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the summer rainshowers are triggered by the La Niña phenomenon.

“Unusual ito dahil nasa transition period tayo tapos may La Niña at may tail-end of a cold front. Papunta palang tayo sa summer, sa April, kung saan ito ang pinakamainit na buwan. Dapat hindi na tayo makakaranas ng ganitong kadaming ulan pero dahil sa La Niña effect kaya tayo nakakaranas ng ganitong pag-ulan,” PAGASA forecaster Julie Nimes told dzMM’s “Pasada Sais Trenta” on Friday.

Nimes said that although the weather bureau is not monitoring any weather disturbance, the public should anticipate an unusual summer season.

“Expect natin ang wet summer” she said.

The weather forecaster also said that the downpour experienced in Metro Manila the past few days is caused by cloudy skies.

“Itong nararanasan natin na mga sa ulan sa Metro Manila ay mga kaulapan na dumaan lang po. Hindi na tayo makakaranas hanggang bukas ng malalakas na ulan,” Nimes said.

“Sa loob ng linggong darating, maganda ang panahon natin sa Metro Manila. By Friday [next week], may lalabas na naman na tail end of a cold front,” she added.

Rains continue to pour in some parts of Luzon and Visayas, triggering floods in several towns.

Rains are also expected in Zambales, Tarlac and Pangasinan over the weekend.

Mindanao, meanwhile, will experience sunny weather on Saturday.