By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The weather condition over southern Mindanao will likely to improve by Sunday as the low pressure area (LPA) left the country’s area of responsibility last Friday.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Ana Clauren said the trough or tail of the LPA may continue to bring cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms over South Cotabato and Sarangani on Saturday.
By Sunday, the whole country may experience warm and humid weather conditions due to the prevailing easterly winds.
Clauren said warm weather will persist especially in the morning with chances of isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in the late afternoon or early evening.
The public may want to avoid exposure under direct sunlight from 12 noon to 5 p.m., which is usually the hottest time of the day.
Based on the PAGASA’s three-day weather outlook, the forecast high temperatures for Metro Manila and Tuguegarao City is at 35 degrees Celsius, while it is slighty higher in Zamboanga City at 36 degrees Celsius.
It is expected that air temperatures across the country may go higher as the hot and dry season progresses.
The air temperatures in April will be generally near to above average in most parts of the country, while it will be slightly below average in some areas in Luzon and Visayas, the weather bureau said.
According to PAGASA’s historical data, the highest temperature in the Philippines was recorded in Tuguegarao, Cagayan on May 11, 1969 at 42.2 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, the highest recorded air temperature in Metro Manila was 38.5 degrees Celsius on May 14, 1987.