Brace for hotter days ahead; 39° Celsius in April, 40° Celsius in May

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Expect warmer weather in the next two month, with temperatures forecast to rise to 39 degrees Celsius in April and 40 degrees Celsius in May, particularly in the lowlands and the northern part of Luzon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said forecast temperature ranges in April are: from 30.4-30.5 to 39.1-39.5 degrees Celsius in the lowlands of Luzon and Northern Luzon.

In Metro Manila, forecast temperature ranges from 35.1 to 38 degrees Celsius; in lowlands of Visayas, from 32.1 to 38 degrees Celsius; and in lowlands of Mindanao from 33.3 to 38.9.

Forecast temperature ranges in May are higher: from 30.6-31.8 degrees Celsius to 40.4-40.7 degrees Celsius in the lowlands and Northern Luzon.

It will range from 36.2 to 38.2 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila; 32.8 to 38.3 degrees Celsius in lowlands of Visayas; and 32.9 to 38.8 degrees Celsius in lowlands of Mindanao.

PAGASA usually records high air temperatures in April and May, during the dry season.

Based on the PAGASA data, the highest temperature in Philippine history is 42.2 degrees Celsius, recorded in Tuguegarao, Cagayan on May 11, 1969.

Meanwhile, the hottest day in Metro Manila was 38.5 degrees Celsius recorded on May 14, 1987.

This Wednesday, temperatures in the next three to four days will range from 23 to 34 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila; 20 to 35 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao City; and 14 to 25 degrees Celsius in Baguio City.

PAGASA said warm easterly winds will still prevail over the eastern sections of Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms will affect Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, and Southern Leyte.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies.