Scattered rains and thunderstorms brought floods to parts of Metro Manila and across the country the past weeks – an indication of the dry season’s end and the onset of the rainy season.
The rains are caused by various weather conditions:
- A frontal system or boundary between air masses that drenched and will continue to prevail over large parts of the country
- The southwesterly surface wind flow felt over Region 4A and Western Visayas and,
- localized thunderstorms that bring cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.
On March 23, 2019, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) officially declared the start of the summer season in the country, along with a warning of hotter and warmer days ahead.
Some of us have been eagerly waiting for summer to arrive, to the extent of working out on that ‘beach-ready body’ so we could confidently flaunt them this year. Because why not? Summer is the time to relax, have fun and enjoy the beach and the outdoors.
But it is also important to take note that summer is the time when the heat index is at its highest.
The summer heat is on so it is important to hydrate by drinking plenty of water.
Unusually severe snowfalls crippled parts of Europe affecting Germany and Austria the most. Schools have closed down, some remote villages were cut off and power supplies and traffic was disrupted in many areas across the region.
The strong cold snap that dumped heavy snow on Europe and plunged the continent in a historic deep freeze is dubbed as the “Beast from the East”.
120 flights at the Frankfurt Airport, 90 at Munich and 159 European flights to and from Amsterdam had to be cancelled. Train operations had to be halted and delayed. Towns in Germany such as the Berchtesgaden in Bavaria was put under a state of emergency due to the severity of the situation.climate change Environment
In my previous article, we have went over the severe snowstorm that froze one third of US in January 2019. Simultaneously during that month, South America has been going through a same tough time as it battled severe flash floods and extreme wildfires.
According to Bloomberg, $8 billion was spent by the Chilean government on disaster relief in the past decade due to repeated quakes, volcanoes, landslides, fires and floods.
Chile and Peru didn’t escape nature’s wrath as extreme weather battered the parts of the countries with floods and wildfires.
Being a small country, rehabilitation to damages after disasters are a heavy burden to Chile. Also due to its geographical location, the country is frequented with all sorts of natural disasters.
The first month of this year saw below negative temperatures crippling cities and creating a record breaking cold wave across the United States. In 2014, the US also faced the same extreme weather event which took 21 lives and caused 5 billion USD in damages. This year’s cold snap has and will continue to be affecting millions of residents in the months to come.
US greeted 2019 with record breaking cold temperatures.
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