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Manila's hottest temperature this year
PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said Metro Manila experienced its hottest temperature when temperature sizzled to 36.7 degrees Celsius on Saturday afternoon.
”Saturday’s maximum temperature was recorded at 1:50 p.m. in PAGASA’s Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City,” Cada said.
He noted that the latest reading surpassed the previous high of 36.6 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on May 19.
Based on the PAGASA’s climatological record, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.
But so far, the hottest temperature in the country for this year was recorded in Tuguegarao at 39.8 degrees Celsius last May 22.
He said that due to ridge of high pressure area (HPA) it will bring high temperatures and good weather conditions to the country in the coming days as he advised people to wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, and drink plenty of water.
Cada said residents of places directly hit by the heat of the sun, without trees, and surrounded by concrete roads would feel much hotter.
He said that other parts of Luzon including Metro Manila may experience hotter days due to a ridge of high-pressure area (HPA) would be the dominant weather system in the country resulting in more humid weather.
HPA is the opposite of the low-pressure area – a weather system consisting of warm air circulating over the Pacific Ocean.
He also credited the hot temperatures to the penetration of the direct heat of the sunlight into the earth’s surface, and cloudless sky in the past days.