By Chrisstopher Lloyd T. Caliwan
MANILA, April 27 (PNA) — Metro Manila's temperature soared to 35.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said the maximum temperature recorded at 2:50 p.m. at the Science Garden in Quezon City surpassed the 35.7 degrees Celsius on March 28.
But so far, the hottest temperature in the country for this year was recorded in Tuguegarao at 39 degrees Celsius recorded last April 25.
Based on PAGASAs climatological record, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.
Meanwhile, Mendoza said that other parts of Luzon including Metro Manila may experience hotter days due to the easterlies, which will be the dominant weather systems in the country.
With the summer season, the temperatures in the country could climb up to 38 degrees Celsius in the coming days.
However, he noted that passing rains, especially in the afternoon or evening, is still possible due to localized thunderstorms or convections due to easterlies.
Mendoza said the agency is not anticipating any cyclone to affect the country until Wednesday or at the end of the month of April.
But, he said that they monitored a cloud cluster in Pacific Ocean that has chance to develop into low pressure area, which is not expected to enter the country.
He said the public will continue to expect generally good weather nationwide and will continue to experience sunny to partly cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
According to Mendoza, the easterlies or warm winds from the east are affecting most of Luzon and the Visayas. (PNA)