BACOLOD CITY, April 13 — Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, experienced isolated rains Tuesday amid the persisting dry spell, but hotter weather is still expected to continue.
Based on the monitoring of the Provincial Disaster Management and Program Division (PDMPD), an average rainfall of 0.2 millimeters (mm) was observed in Bacolod after the isolated rainshowers early afternoon.
An average rainfall of 2.6 to 2.8 mm was also monitored in southern Negros, including Hinigaran, Binalbagan, Himamaylan City and Kabankalan City, and portions of Candoni, Sipalay City and Hinoba-an.
Rainfall was also observed in the northern city of Victorias.
Early evening Tuesday, heavier rains were experienced in Bacolod and the neighboring Bago City and Pulupandan town.
By that time, average rainfall in Bacolod has increased to 0.3 to 0.7 mm, the PDMPD monitoring showed.
PDMPD weather forecaster Isagani Republica said the rain showers Tuesday night have significantly penetrated the land surface, but since these were brief and isolated, hot weather persists in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod.
He added that the effects of El Niño are still forecast to prevail until the second half of May or first half of June.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the isolated rain showers with thunderstorms in the province are associated with easterlies affecting the eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao.
Republica said it is also associated with trough which turns water vapor from excessive cloud formations into rain.
In Negros Occidental, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) is also assessing the level of water brought by Tuesday’s rain to determine whether it has significantly penetrated agricultural areas especially those with crops affected by prolonged dry weather. (PNA)