By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Philippines was gripped by a searing weather on Monday, May 4, as air temperature in the country reached its highest since 2018 at 40.0 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) noted that Echague, Isabela previously registered a 40.0 degrees Celsius air temperature during the warm and dry season in 2018.
Air temperature in most of Cagayan Valley tends to be higher because of the bordering mountains that block the cold breeze and trap warm air in its vast expanse of plains and valleys. The region is composed of the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino.
Other monitoring stations also registered high air temperatures, particularly in Echague, Isabela (39.5 degrees Celsius), Camiling, Tarlac (39.0 degrees Celsius), Subic, Zambales (37.9 degrees Celsius), and Clark, Pampanga (37.8 degrees Celsius).
On Monday, Metro Manila’s air temperature also soared to its highest so far this year at 36.5 degrees Celsius as recorded at the PAGASA’s Science Garden monitoring station in Quezon City.
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.
PAGASA said warm weather-associated systems will prevail across the country in the next few days.
The anti-cyclone ridge of high pressure area is extending across Northern and Central Luzon, while the warm and humid easterly winds coming from the Pacific is affecting the rest of the country.
The weather bureau said the whole 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.