Hotter days ahead

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AS election fever heats up, Filipinos should also prepare for scorching temperatures because of El Niño.

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said maximum temperatures nationwide will mostly exceed averages.

Data show that Mindanao’s lowlands are likely experiencing the warmest temperatures for November and December this year at 36.8°C and 38.1°C, respectively, and for January 2016 at 36.8°C.

These readings will likely rise further, posing an additional challenge to the 2016 election campaign.

For February 2016, the weather bureau predicts generally above-mean maximum temperatures in Luzon’s lowlands (37.5°C) and mountainous areas (27.0°C), the Visayas’ lowlands (39.3°C), Mindanao’s lowlands (37.2°C) and mountainous locations (35.4°C) as well as Metro Manila (35.2°C).

The maximum temperature in these areas can reach

“In Luzon’s lowlands, maximum temperature in May can range from 30.6°C to as high as 41.5°C,” the bureau said.

PNA

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