By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Metro Manila’s air temperature has soared to 36.5 degrees Celsius on Monday afternoon, making it the hottest day so far in the metropolis this year.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) registered the 36.5 degrees Celsius temperature at its Science Garden monitoring station in Quezon City at around 3:45 p.m. It is equivalent to a heat index of 41.0 degrees Celsius, or how hot it really felt when relative humidity was factored in with the actual air temperature.
Heat factor between 41 and 54 degrees Celsius is a “dangerous” level as heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely, and heat stroke is probable with continued activity, PAGASA said.
The current air temperature in Metro Manila is higher than the previous-high air temperature of 35.8 degrees Celsius recorded last April 24.
Meanwhile, the highest heat index so far this year of 58 degrees Celsius was registered at the PAGASA’s monitoring station in San Jose City, Occidental Mindoro last April 20.
It is expected that air temperatures across the country may go higher as the hot and dry season progresses.
PAGASA said the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and the ridge of high pressure area will be the dominant weather systems this Tuesday.
Palawan may experience rain showers and isolated thunderstorms due to the ITCZ, while the rest of the country will continue to experience warm and humid weather conditions apart from isolated rain showers in the afternoon or evening due to the easterlies and localized thunderstorms.
The low pressure area that brought some rains over Visayas and Mindanao, and parts of Southern Luzon and Bicol Region over the weekend has already dissipated on Monday.
Based on the 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.