Monday was Metro Manila’s hottest day of the year so far, with the temperature rising to 36.6 degrees Celsius.
The day was at its hottest at 3:50 p.m., reported the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
The temperature was higher than the 36.5 degrees Celsius recorded on May 11 and the 36.4 on May 1.
The highest Metro Manila temperature last year was also 36.6 degrees recorded on April 19, 2013 at 3:55 p.m.
The hottest day ever in Metro Manila was May 14, 1987 when it was a sizzling 38.5 degrees Celsius.
The highest temperature in the country for this year was recorded on May 15 in Echague, Isabela, at 39.7 degrees Celsius.
To avoid heat exhaustion, people should stay indoors as much as possible, Pagasa advised.
People are also advised to wear clothing made from 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.