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03:43 PM April 16th, 2013

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April 16th, 2013 03:43 PM

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MANILA, Philippines — The temperature in Metro Manila soared to a new high in 2013, hitting 35.5 degrees Celsius in the afternoon of Tuesday and would likely go higher, the state weather bureau said.

But a low-pressure area (LPA) approaching Mindanao could bring light rains to the capital and surrounding areas by Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

At 1:50 p.m., weather observers recorded the 35.5 degree reading at the Pagasa’s Science Garden in Quezon City. Weather observer Mark Calpo said he expected it to go higher later in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the LPA will likely enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday or Thursday, according to Pagasa.

“The trough, or extension, of the LPA is already affecting the Davao region, bringing rains. By Friday, Visayas will be affected, and by Saturday, it may be felt in Palawan and higher,” Pagasa forecaster Alvin Pura said.

He added that the LPA would likely bring light rains over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and the Southern Tagalog region. But he added that the LPA had a slim chance of developing into a storm, and might dissipate after it hit land.

According to the Pagasa outlook for Wednesday, Davao region will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Light to moderate winds blowing from the east to southeast would prevail over the eastern section of Luzon and of Visayas and coming from the east to northeast over the rest of the country, Pagasa said.

Coastal waters throughout the archipelago would be slight to moderate, it said.

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