Hottest day: Metro folk swelter in 36.6°C heat



DOG DAY AFTERNOON A motorcycle rider takes his dog for a spin as temperature soars to over 36 degrees Celsius on Sunday in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. AP/BULLIT MARQUEZ

Metro Manila and most of Luzon might be wilting under an unforgiving summer sun, but Eastern Visayas is finding sweet relief in occasional rainshowers that have tempered the heat of recent days.

As Manila sweltered at 36.6 degrees Celsius Monday—the highest this year so far—Tacloban City experienced intermittent rains the whole day Monday.

The rains were a welcome respite for residents of Tacloban whose hottest day was recorded at 32.5 degrees Celsius on April 15, with average humidity level at 31.8 degrees Celsius.

The local Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) office said that for the next three to four days, Tacloban could experience more rains due to the low pressure area spotted north northwest of General Santos City.

Other areas in Eastern Visayas also experienced scattered rainshowers, said a staff member of the local Pagasa office who did not want to be named.

The highest temperature reading in Metro Manila this year was taken around 2 p.m. Monday at Pagasa Science Garden in Quezon City, prompting the weather bureau to warn residents against heat stroke and exhaustion. The previous maximum temperature reading in Metro Manila for 2012 was 36.4 degrees Celsius, which was recorded last Friday.

Jori Loiz, a Pagasa forecaster, said Filipinos felt even hotter than the recorded temperature because of the humidity in the atmosphere, which was measured at 46 percent. Moisture in the air pushed the felt temperature yesterday to an estimated 40 degrees Celsius-41 degrees Celsius, Loiz explained.

Other parts of Metro Manila also sizzled on Monday. Temperatures reached 35.6 degrees Celsius in Port Area, Manila and 35.9 degrees Celsius at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. In northern Luzon, as of 2 p.m. Monday, Tuguegarao baked at 37 degrees Celsius, according to Pagasa.

Loiz said Metro Manila and provinces in the western seaboard as well as parts of Central Visayas would soon feel a respite from the heat because of rainshowers, as the country enters the wet season later this month.

“We will soon have isolated rainshowers. We are now in the transition period for the habagat (southwest monsoon),” Loiz said. This weather system will dump rains in the affected areas usually in the afternoon, he said.

Pagasa said Luzon is still under the ridge of high pressure, which is associated with warm weather and clear skies. Loiz said this weather system is seen to last until Wednesday.

Temperature in the capital rarely breaches 37 degrees, Pagasa said. The highest temperature recorded in Metro Manila was on May 14,1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.

The highest temperature recorded in the country was 42.2 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao on April 29, 1912 and again on May 11, 1969. With a report from Joey Gabieta, Inquirer Visayas

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  • Chly Torres

    Metro Manila is worse than h e l l 

    • kulittwit

      I am sure hindi ka pa nakapunta sa middle east, jakarta, vietnam, india, or even in some southwestern US states. Di hamak mas mainit ang summer nila ranging from 36’C to 45’C.

      • Chly Torres

        If you are one of the street children, you know what I’m talking about. 

        The thing is I don’t travel much apart from shuttling between Dubai and Paris.

      • joseph bautista

        How about 46 degrees here in Melbourne 2 years ago when it was dub as black saturday, more than 200 people died from fire storm!

      • Victoria

        Try Cairo…you’d be baked!

      • Pluma Mana

        sa middle east ay 46 ang average temp sa months ng july at august.

  • kulittwit

    Riding the dog. More fun in the Philippines!

  • Victoria

    Good dog!

  • c

    you’re a street kid so you know, chly torres? hehehe. anyways, i don’t think street kids in MM not so much “feeling” the heat, the way i see them, and i see them often. sanay sila sa babaran sa kalye. and the more they make babad sa kalye, the more they run and play.

  • c

    both man and dog not wearing helmet. tsk!

    • lance g

      yung dog ang naging helmet ng man so yung dog lang ang walang helmet hehe

  • Dredd Ofalexandria

    Bad dog! No helmet. Hehehe..nice shot.

  • catmanjohn

    Let us hope that President Aquino’s Energy and Environmental advisors will heed to these ominous signs, and begin a massive campaign to focus on SOLAR energy systems that will provide energy for air conditioners and other self sustaining cooling systems. The reuse of Waste Systems, which the PH has plenty of, should also be given attention to provide the energy needed in these cooling systems that may make a difference between life and death, especially in hospitals and schools.
    Tax large corporations that profits from the natural resources and use those gains to plant trees strategically to provide shade and retain water. This should be an urgent priority.

  • Pluma Mana

    37 daw yun latest na pinakamataas na naitalang temperature sa metro manila. but it’s nothing compared to middle east na umaabot sa 49 sa peak ng summer. sa ngayon nga ay 41 na at medyo ok pa rin at kaya pa. there are times na umaabot ng 50 pero di sinasabi ng gobyerno nila na ganito ang temperature at sa halip ay dinideclare nilang 48 o 49 lang dahil automatic na holiday na yun kung 50.

    • Armi_DXB

      during summer merong midday break 1:00 to 4:00 PM lahat ng nag tratrabaho sa construction hinto. na experience ko 50C sa project site, ok lang nakakatagal ako hwug lang sasamahan ng humidity, ginagaya ko rin yung mga Banggalis yung tubig nila ay nilalagyan ng asin (para daw matagal mawala ang lamig).

  • 2011Empoy1120

    …hope responsible gov’t authorities act to mitigate the effect of this phenomenon. A distant relative of mine already died just yesterday because of the heat stroke. A nationwide advisory perhaps, will be sufficed.

  • Display Name

    Tagaytay Babay!

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