Filipinos should expect a rainy Christmas as La Niña is expected to reach its peak in November and December and persist until April next year, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
La Niña is a weather pattern that causes cooler weather and more frequent rains which typically last anywhere from nine to 12 months.
The weather bureau head Analiza Solis noted that the rains would fill the country’s reservoirs, such as the Angat Dam. She noted that adverse effects of La Niña, such as floods and landslides, must be anticipated and avoided.
Monsoon rains will be widespread across the country, enhanced by tropical depression Nika, the 14th storm that has occurred this year.
The monsoon will cause moderate to heavy rains in Central Luzon, Pangasinan, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro and Palawan, according the weather bureau.