• Hot weather expected to prevail in PH

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    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday the temperature is expected to continue to rise over Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

    PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang said a ridge of high pressure area (HPA) which brings warm weather is extending across the main island of Luzon.

    He said the easterlies affecting the eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao can easily form localized thunderstorms.

    He further noted that no tropical cyclone is expected to affect the country within the next two to three days.

    Galang said that PAGASA expects zero to one storm to affect the country for the month of April.

    Galang said that both the HPA and the easterlies will bring high temperatures in the country in the coming days.

    So far, he said the hottest temperature in the country for this year was recorded in Tuguegarao City at 37.9 degrees Celsius last March 31 at 2:15 p.m.

    For Tuesday, he said Metro Manila will have a temperature range of 24 to 35 degrees Celsius.

    He said that the hottest temperature recorded in Metro Manila so far this year was 35.7 degrees Celsius last Friday afternoon (March 28).

    However, he noted that passing rains, especially in the afternoon or evening, is still possible due to localized thunderstorms or convections.

    Citing climatological record, Galang said the dry or summer season in the country usually lasts until middle of June.

    Citing PAGASA’s record, he said the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.

    The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said that the entire archipelago will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

    It added that light to moderate winds from the east to southeast will prevail over Luzon and from the east to northeast over the rest of the country.

    The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate. PNA

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