Weekend/Special Farm Weather Outlook

Today (23 Feb), Easterlies, the dominant weather system, will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Caraga, Davao Region, and Northern Mindanao. Warm and humid weather conditions but with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will be experienced over the rest of the country.

Tomorrow until Sunday (24-25 Feb), Northeast Monsoon or Amihan will start to affect Northern Luzon by tomorrow and most of Luzon by Sunday. The eastern sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas will have scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms because of the convergence of winds from northeast and east. Generally fair weather conditions aside from light to moderate rains are expected over the rest of the country.

On Monday (26 Feb), the effect of Amihan will reach Luzon and Visayas. Cloudy skies with light rains will be experienced over Cagayan Valley, Aurora and Quezon. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains are expected over Visayas and the rest of Luzon while Mindanao will have isolated rainshowers due to thunderstorms.

Issued at: Friday, 23 February 2024 4PM
Valid until: Monday, 26 February 2024 8AM

Forecast Area Temperature Relative Humidity Leaf Wetness (HRS)
Lowland Upland
Luzon 18 - 36 11 - 31 43 - 98 0 - 6
Visayas 24 - 35 21 - 30 50 - 98 0 - 6
Mindanao 24 - 35 19 - 31 65 - 98 0 - 4

Soil Moisture Condition
Wet

Albay, Sorsogon, Capiz, Northern and Eastern Samar, Davao Region, Caraga

Moist

Itbayat, Casiguran, Alabat, Infanta, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Leyte, Southern Leyte

Dry

rest of the country

Farm Advisory

HEAT INDEX MONITORING AND FORECASTING (OBSERVED AND 2-DAY FORECAST)
The Heat Index is a human discomfort index that gives the apparent temperature on what humans perceive or feel as the temperature (from the surroundings) affecting the body. High air temperature and high relative humidity results to high apparent temperature.
DOST-PAGASA issues Heat Index monitoring and forecast information which can be accessed online thru: https://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/climate/climate-heat-index

ENSO ALERT SYSTEM STATUS: EL NIÑO ADVISORY NO. 8 (updated as of 06 February 2024)
Strong and mature El Niño is expected to continue through February 2024. Majority of global climate models suggest that El Niño will likely persist until the March – April – May 2024 season with a transition to ENSO – neutral in the April – May – June 2024 season.

El Niño increases the likelihood of below-normal rainfall conditions, which could bring negative impacts (such as dry spells and droughts) in some areas of the country that will likely be manifested during the last quarter up to the first quarter of the year. This may adversely affect the different climate-sensitive sectors such as the water resources, agriculture, energy, health, public safety and other key sectors in the country. https://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/climate/el-nino-la-nina/monitoring

During insufficient moisture supply, drip irrigation is one economical way of maintaining the moisture required by the crops. Mulching must be done to prevent the rapid loss of soil moisture and to maintain the good growing condition of crops.

IN AREAS AFFECTED BY NORTHEAST MONSOON, EASTERLIES, THUNDERSTORMS AND MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINS
Continuous wet weather promotes fungal development and can cause damage to stored farm products, reducing the quality, viability, and market price of the grains. Livestock/domesticated animals are susceptible to contract diseases during rainy period. Thus, it is advised to keep barns and crop storage rooms in good, dry, and well-ventilated condition. In the rainfed areas where continuous rains experienced, land preparation and seedbed preparation can be initiated

Fishing Advisories
Red Tide Alert (Courtesy of BFAR, Shellfish Bulletin No. 03 Issued on 13 February 2024)

All types of shellfish and Acetes sp. or alamang gathered from coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate; coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; San Pedro Bay in Samar and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur; and coastal waters of San Benito in Surigao del Norte are still not safe for human consumption. Moreover, Lianga Bay in Surigao del Sur, coastal waters of San Benito in Surigao del Norte, coastal waters of Milagrtos in Masbate, San Pedro Bay in Samar and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar are now positive for red tide toxin. Fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking.

PREPARED/UPLOADED BY: RAAM / RVDD VERIFIED BY: JAM