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WHILE THE COUNTRY continues to wilt from the scorching heat brought about by the El Niño phenomenon, meteorologists are already announcing the arrival of La Niña and are warning about floods.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) administrator Prisco Nilo said there was a good chance that La Niña, which brings prolonged rain, was only weeks away.

“According to our calculations, there is a 35-percent chance that La Niña would start possibly around July, August or September,” Nilo told the Inquirer. He said the agency expected above-normal rainfall as soon as La Niña starts.

The La Niña phenomenon refers to the abnormal cooling of sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific that brings heavy rains. El Niño is the abnormal warming of sea surface temperatures that could result in drought in some areas of the world.

This early, Nilo said, the agency has planned meetings with other agencies like the National Disaster Coordinating Council, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Philippine Red Cross to prepare for La Niña.