April 18, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila experienced another record-breaking heat on Sunday, when its temperature soared to 37.7 degrees Celsius at 1:50 p.m., according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
PAGASA weather forecaster Robert Badrina said this is by far the hottest day of the year so far in the metropolis.
Badrina said the reading was taken at the PAGASA Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City.
He noted that the latest data surpassed the previous high of 37.5 degrees Celsius, which was recorded last April 16.
So far, Badrina said PAGASA recorded the hottest temperature in the country this year in Echague, Isabela at 39.6 degrees Celsius on April 14.
Badrina noted that they expect temperatures to further rise in the coming days.
He said temperatures in Metro Manila could go up to 38 degrees Celsius, while some parts of Northern Luzon could go as high as 40 degrees Celsius.
He noted that the country’s highest temperatures are usually recorded in May.
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 warmest temperature ever recorded in the country was on May 11, 1969, when a temperature reading of 42.2 degrees Celsius was monitored in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.