April 13, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Afternoon temperature in Metro Manila continued to rise, reaching a new high on Tuesday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
PAGASA weather forecaster Benison Estareja said the temperature soared to 36.3 degrees Celsius, the hottest day of the year so far in the metropolis.
Estareja said the reading was taken at the PAGASA’s Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City at 3 p.m.
He said the current data surpassed the previous record of 35.7 degrees Celsius that was monitored on April 8 and 11.
However, he noted that the country’s hottest day so far this year was recorded in General Santos City in South Cotabato province at 38.6 degrees Celsius last March 1.
Estareja warned of a rise in temperature in the coming days.
He said the current El Niño phenomenon continues to contribute on the severe heat prevailing in the country.
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.