Blistering heat may last until June, says Pagasa

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The scorching heat amid humid weather will possibly prevail until the first week of June,  the state weather bureau said yesterday.

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While the hottest temperature in the country was recorded on May 15 in Echague, Isabela at a staggering 39.7 degrees Celsius, Metro Manila also sizzled on Sunday.

Gene Quitlong, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that a temperature of 35.8 Celsius was recorded in Quezon City at around 2 p.m. on Sunday. Pagasa’s Port Area Observatory recorded almost the same temperature in Manila. Meanwhile, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport-Pagasa Observation Satellite in Paranñaque City registered a temperature of 37.3 Celsius.

Quitlong said residents of places directly hit by the heat of the sun, without trees, and surrounded by concrete roads would feel much hotter.

The same weather condition, he said would prevail until the first week of next month, as they have not seen any sign that the rainy season is just around the corner.

“First or second week pa siguro mag-uulan [Rain might not be seen until the first or second week]. And the effect of El Nino will also be felt. Kukulangin tayo sa pagpasok ng ulan at bagyo. But once the magkaroon pihadong malalakas ang mga ito [Rains and storms will be scarce. But once they appear, they will surely be strong],” Quitlong told The Manila Times.

He added that a ridge of high-pressure area (HPA) would be the dominant weather system in the country.

HPA, the weather forecaster explained, is the opposite of the low-pressure area – a weather system consisting of warm air circulating over the Pacific Ocean.

With the presence of a ridge of the HPA that extended over Luzon, Quitlong said that high temperatures would be felt all over the island.

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