MANILA -- State weather bureau PAGASA expects the dry season to set in within the next 2 weeks when the northeast monsoon (amihan) associated with cooler temperatures ends.
PAGASA said it is also looking out for possible manifestations of an El Niño event by mid-year.
Anthony Joseph Lucero, officer-in-charge of PAGASA's climate monitoring section, told ANC the country has been in the neutral cycle for many months following the conclusion of a La Niña event, adding they expect normal sea surface temperatures from March to August.
He noted it is still hard to tell at this point when exactly and to what extent it may happen.
The PAGASA statement comes after the National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Niño watch.
US federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific ocean from a combination of wind and waves in the tropics associated with the El Niño, which happens once every few years that will also change weather worldwide.
The last official El Niño was in 2010.
If there is an El Niño event by mid-year, Lucero said there could be above normal rainfall by July, August and September, which could also mean flooding. -- ANC