THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration urged the public to stay hydrated as temperatures are expected to soar with the onset of the dry season.
Warmer than average air temperatures are expected in many parts of the country.
Esperanza Cayanan, chief of the Weather Services division, said that the expected range of temperature in March will be 14.0°C to 39.0°C in lowlands, while 12.0°C to 32.0°C is expected in mountainous areas.
The predicted temperature ranges in Metro Manila are 21.0°C to 37.0°C.
The weather bureau said that by the end of April 2016, 19 provinces are likely to experience a dry spell, while 30 provinces will likely experience drought.
PAGASA advised all concerned agencies and institutions to take precautionary measures to mitigate the potential impacts of the El Niño, including widespread damage to crops.