Despite recent heavy rainfall, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) announced an extreme change in weather. Rain is expected to last shorter and the days to get hotter by the end of July until September. The hottest period is expected to be in the last quarter of this year but El Niño is forecasted to last until March of next year.
Citizens are warned to prepare for the possibility of scarcity of water that happened during El Niño last summer.
Effects of El Niño last May 2015
Due to the shortage in water supply, several towns in Cebu were declared states of calamity as a result of the lack of rainfall. Areas of Borbon and Tuburan from the north and Argao, Moalboal and Tabuelan in the south suffered from water levels considered critical. Mountain barangays were affected the most because the terrain created reliance on rainfall for water and present infrastructure couldn’t send water uphill. The shortage also led to losses on farms, with both crops and animals affected.
One of the wells of MCWD contained only a third of the normal supply. The Talisay City well contained only 10,000 cubic meters a day instead of the usual 33,000.
Forecasts for upcoming months
“Karon, gipaabot nato for these coming months, moderate to strong na ni siya. Mas grabe ni ug effect nato ni sa Cebu, specifically Cebu,” said PAG-ASA Visayas Director Oscar Tabada in a report by Sun.Star.
Temperatures in the province are expected to rise as high as 25 degrees Celsius in the early hours of the day and as high as 33 degrees Celsius in the afternoon from this month until November of this year. Neighboring provinces are also expected to be greatly affected but the worst effects will be felt in Northern Cebu. Data for July indicate that for Bohol, the water is “way below normal,” which indicates a drought in the area while water level for Cebu is “below normal.” In August, Bohol’s water level will improve slightly with water levels at “below normal” but the state for northern Cebu is expected to worsen to “way, way below normal.”
PAG-ASA advises the public to store rainwater whenever there is rain and to take steps to lessen the effects of increasing temperatures.
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