New Release: State of the 2018 Philippine Climate

Communications Specialist
February 14, 2020
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The State of the 2018 Philippine Climate is now in circulation. The annual report provides a summary of observations on the country’s climate variables as well as notable climate and weather-related phenomena and is produced by the OML Center in partnership with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The latest report gives an overview of climate indicators (e.g. temperature, rainfall, ENSO, tropical cyclones) and the patterns, changes, and trends representing the country’s climate in 2018. The report’s key findings are the following:

a) above-normal temperature conditions were recorded for almost the entire year, making 2018 the 6th hottest year in the Philippines on record,

b) above-normal rainfall conditions throughout the year, except during the months of March, May, October and November,

c) 21 tropical cyclones entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, which is more than the long-term average frequency per year, and

d) warm and cold phases of the El Niño Southern Oscillation occurred.

This year’s report is the 5th publication of this nature. The 1st report issued in 2014 summarized the climate trends and disaster statistics from 1951 to 2014, whereas the three succeeding publications detailed the weather and climate events of 2015, 2016 and 2017.

To download The State of the 2018 Philippine Climate for free, go to this link.