Hottest day in Metro this year
Friday was the hottest day in Metro Manila so far this year with temperature readings hitting 35.7 degrees Celsius—and it could get even hotter in the coming weeks and in May.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the record temperature reading was taken at 3:50 p.m.
Nationwide, the highest temperature yet recorded was in General Santos City at 38.6 degrees Celsius on March 1.
Pagasa said the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded at 38.5 degrees Celsius on May 14, 1987.
The capital city of Cagayan holds the country’s record-high temperature of 42.2 degrees on May 11, 1969.
Pagasa warned hotter days are expected due to El Niño, a weather phenomena characterized by the unusual warming of ocean surface temperature.
A ridge of high pressure was currently extending over northern Luzon and easterly winds were affecting the eastern section of central, southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, Pagasa said in its latest bulletin.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies are forecast to prevail over Metro Manila today while the rest of the country will have isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly over the eastern section. TVJ
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