April 12, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila’s temperature has sizzled again to 35.7 degrees Celsius Monday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the hottest temperature so far this year in Metro Manila was recorded at 3 p.m. at the PAGASA’s Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City.
Escullar said PAGASA first observed the same temperature reading in the metropolis last April 8.
She noted that General Santos City in South Cotabato province still holds the hottest temperature for this year nationwide at 38.3 degrees Celsius that was monitored on April 2.
Escullar said hotter days are expected to prevail in most parts of the country in the coming days due to the prevailing El Niño phenomenon, which is associated with below-normal rainfall.
She noted that the hot and humid weather in the country may prevail until early June, when the country’s rainy season starts.
Based on the PAGASA’s climatological record, the all-time hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.
The hottest day ever recorded in the country was on May 11, 1969, when a temperature reading of 42.2 degrees Celsius was monitored in Tuguegarao City.