A record-high of 34.4 degrees Celsius was recorded in Northern Mindanao this month, which the state weather bureau said was higher than the normal range of 20 to 30 degrees.

Mario Guya, weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the rising heat in Northern Mindanao is caused by the El Niño phenomenon, which is now being felt in a large part of the country.

The PAGASA had said that there would be fewer rains as the dry spell intensifies next month until June. Authorities are now bracing for a shortage of water supply in several parts of the country.

The PAGASA’s satellite image posted on its website (http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/) show hardly any clouds over a large part of the country. As of 3 p.m. Friday, clouds are seen hovering over a small part of Mindanao.

The PAGASA said that the last recorded rainfall in Northern Mindanao was in Cagayan de Oro last February 2.

Ironically, as I was making this post…Cagayan de Oro is having rain showers….

with article from www.abs-cbnnews.com

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