Metro Manila’s temperature soared to 36.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
In an interview, PAGASA weather observer Mel Duque said the maximum temperature recorded at 3 p.m. at the Science Garden in Quezon City, surpassed the 35.9 degrees Celsius last April 27.
She said that other parts of Luzon including Metro Manila may experience hotter days due to the ridge of high pressure area which will be the dominant weather system in the country.
She explained that Luzon was experiencing a heat surge because of the ridge of a high pressure area prevailing over the northern part of the region. A high-pressure area brings dry and warm winds.
She added with the summer season, temperatures in the country could climb up to 37 degrees Celsius in the coming days.
To avoid heat exhaustion, people should stay indoors as much as possible, according to a PAGASA advisory.
People are also advised to wear clothing made of light materials with light colors, to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and to avoid eating food high in protein, which can increase body heat.
However, she noted that passing rains, especially in the afternoon or evening, is still possible due to localized thunderstorms or convections. PNA