Metro Manila temperature soared to 35 degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
PAGASA weather forecaster Benjie Depas said that the highest temperature in Metro Manila so far this year was recorded at the Science Garden in Quezon City at 1:50 p.m. yesterday.
He noted that the latest reading surpassed the previous high of 34.7 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on March 6.
The hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.
Other parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, may experience hotter days as the easterlies or warm winds from the east continue to be the dominant weather system in the country.
So far, the hottest temperature in the country this year was recorded in General Santos City at 38 degrees Celsius on March 18. In Luzon, Tuguegarao City in Cagayan registered the highest temperature of 35.5 degrees Celsius on March 17 and 18, while in the Visayas, the province of Cebu recorded 32.4 degrees Celsius on March 18.