Drought to hit 10 provinces in March


Posted at Mar 05 2019 09:57 AM

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The number of provinces grappling with drought will double to 10 from 5 this March, the state weather bureau said Tuesday. 

PAGASA defines drought as either 5 consecutive months of 21-60 percent rainfall reduction, or at least 60 percent rainfall reduction for 3 consecutive months. 

Ilocos Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Maguindanao and Cebu are experiencing drought since February, said PAGASA climate monitoring chief Analiza Solis. 

The weather condition is also expected to blanket Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Ilocos Sur and La Union provinces this month, she told DZMM. 

The number of drought-hit provinces can hit up to 22 in April, Solis added. 

The country is experiencing less rainfall and warmer temperatures due to a weak El Niño, PAGASA earlier said. 

On Monday, the country's highest temperature was recorded in Tuguegarao at 34 degrees Celsius, said PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin. The temperature in Metro Manila peaked at 33.6 degrees Celsius, he added. 

DZMM, 5 March 2019