PAGASA sees 70-percent chance of La Niña next quarter

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — More rains could be experienced in some parts of the country as weather bureau PAGASA sees a 70-percent chance the country will feel the effects of the La Niña weather phenomenon next quarter.

This means that "above-normal rainfall" may prevail in the Philippines, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao, from October to December, PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas told CNN Philippines’ New Day.

“There may be increased tropical cyclone activity by the last quarter of this year and first quarter of next year,” Rojas added.

La Niña, the counterpart of El Niño, is characterized by below-normal sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator -- a result of shifting wind patterns in the atmosphere.

CNN's Harmeet Kaur contributed to this report