MANILA – Dry soil condition will likely prevail in Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) until next week.
Latest forecast of State weather and climate authority Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) show an average zero to three rainy days are likely there during the 10-day period ending next Wednesday (Jan. 20).
PAGASA forecast for such period zero to 50 mm of rainfall in Ilocos.
Between zero to 25 mm of rainfall is likely in CAR then, PAGASA continued.
According to PAGASA, Ilocos and CAR can expect only light rains during the period.
Ilocos’ irrigated rice in its vegetative and flowering stages while standing vegetable crops there are in the vegetative stage, noted PAGASA.
In CAR, PAGASA said agricultural activities in progress are harvesting and watering of various vegetables.
“Strong El Nino condition is on-going in eastern and central equatorial Pacific,” PAGASA noted in its forecast.
The drought-driving El Nino already affecting the Philippines may last until mid-2016, PAGASA already warned.
For January 2016, PAGASA expects neither dry spell nor drought in Ilocos and CAR.
Expected number of dry days in both regions this January can reach 26 days to 31 days, PAGASA added./(PNA) FPV/CJT/EDS