Walang Katotohanan: Equinox not causing hot weather in PH, says PAGASA


Posted at May 08 2020 12:28 PM

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MANILA - A high pressure area and easterlies, not the equinox phenomenon, are causing the high temperature in the Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday.

PAGASA weather forecaster Ariel Rojas said there is no equinox phenomenon this May. Equinox is an instance where the sun is directly facing the equator, which occurred last March 20. 

"Ngayon po ay Mayo at tayo po ay nasa gitna na ng ating tag-init so wala na pong epekto or hindi na po mangyayari 'yong equinox," he said in a radio DZMM interview. 

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This NASA photo obtained May 31, 2017 shows several bright bands of plasma on the Sun connecting from one active region to another, even though they are tens of thousands of miles away from each other on May 17-18, 2017, these connecting lines are clearly visible in this wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. Handout / NASA / AFP

The weather bureau earlier posted on Facebook that there is no truth to rumors that there will be an equinox phenomenon in the next 5 days. 

"WALANG KATOTOHANAN na magkakaroon ng 'equinox phenomenon' sa susunod na limang araw sapagkat tapos na ang spring equinox noong 20 Marso. Ang autumnal equinox naman ay mangyayari sa 23 Setyembre pa," PAGASA said. 


Rojas said dry season in the Philippines will last till the end of May but the country will expect thunderstorms during the afternoon and night.

He added that rainfall will be experienced by approximately June or July when the southwest monsoon occurs.

Rojas said a low pressure area is being observed outside the Philippine area of responsibility at 1,055 km south of Davao City at 3 a.m.