Metro Manila sizzles at 35.0 degrees Celsius on Sunday
By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan
MANILA – Metro Manila temperature soared to 35.0 degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Benjie Depas said that the highest temperature in Metro Manila so far this year was recorded at the Science Garden in Quezon City at 35.0 degrees Celsius at 1:50 p.m. Sunday.
He noted that the latest reading surpassed the previous high of 34.7 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on March 6.
Based on the PAGASA’s climatological record, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.
He said that other parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, may experience hotter days as the easterlies or warm winds from the east continue to be the dominant weather system in the country.
The presence of the easterlies will bring high temperatures and good weather conditions to the country in the coming days and the weather agency advised the people to wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, and drink plenty of water.
PAGASA said residents of places directly hit by the heat of the sun, without trees, and surrounded by concrete roads would feel much hotter.
Despite a warmer weather, the occurrence of isolated rains will still prevail due to localized thunderstorms expected mostly in the afternoon or evening.
PAGASA explained that the convective activity brought about by intense heat triggers the formation of more cumulonimbus clouds or dark clouds associated with thunderstorms that bring rains.
So far, the hottest temperature in the country for this year was recorded in Mindanao, specifically in General Santos City, at 38.0 degrees Celsius on March 18. In Luzon, Tuguegarao City in Cagayan registered the highest temperature of 35.5 degrees Celsius last March 17 and 18, while in the Visayas, the province of Cebu recorded 32.4 degrees Celsius last March 18.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.
To avoid heat exhaustion, people should stay indoors as much as possible, according to a PAGASA advisory.
People are also advised to wear clothing made of light materials with light colors, to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and to avoid eating food high in protein, which can increase body heat. (PNA)