Temperatures in Metro Manila continued to rise and reached a new high on Sunday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
In an interview, Pagasa weather observer Dorothy Basina said Metro Manila experienced its hottest temperature yet this year at 36.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon. Basina added that the temperature was recorded at 3 p.m. in Pagasa’s Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City.
Sunday’s reading surpassed the previous high of 36.4 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on May 1.
The hottest temperature this year was recorded in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, at 39 degrees Celsius on April 25.
Other parts of Luzon including Metro Manila may experience hotter days due to easterlies or warm winds from the east expected to bring warm winds to the eastern part of the country, resulting in more humid weather.
Based on Pagasa’s climatological record, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.
The weather bureau advised people to stay indoors as much as possible and to drink plenty of water to avoid heat exhaustion.
Basina noted that passing rains, especially in the afternoon or evening, is possible due to localized thunderstorms or convections due to the easterlies.