MANILA – Put away your jackets and sweaters, because summer will officially start next week, with temperatures reaching as high 40 degrees Celsius, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.
Anthony Joseph Lucero, an official of PAGASA's Climate Monitoring and Prediction Section, said easterly winds that will bring hot air into the country are expected to arrive at the end of March and will peak by the end of April and first week of May.
"Around 35 degrees or even higher, baka marating pa natin ang 40 degrees," Lucero said.
According to PAGASA, the western side of the country will experience warmer weather than other areas in the next two months, based on the weather bureau's models.
"These areas will be Manila, Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley region, Palawan, Western Visayas, and Western Mindanao," he said.
Temperature in Metro Manila will also be high, PAGASA said, because of the city’s structural conditions.
"How do you feel kung nasa ilalim ka ng puno, at how do you feel kung ikaw ay nasa isang environment na puro semento? Talagang mas mainit ang mararamdaman mo," Lucero said.
People in Manila, meanwhile, have made suggestions on how to beat the summer heat: drink lots of water, go to the beach or a resort, bring an umbrella, or stay in cool places like malls or moviehouses.
Visayas and Mindanao, however, will experience rains due to a low pressure area this week.
"Bukas ng umaga or hapon, maapektuhan na nito ang Mindanao at Eastern Visayas," PAGASA weather forecaster Aldzar Aurelio said.
PAGASA, however, said the recent cold spell was longer, and the dry season shorter.
"Nasabi ko ‘yan kasi nararamdaman pa rin natin ang lamig, extended ang kalamigan. Natural iiksi din ang maiinit na araw," he said.
Lucero meanwhile clarified that based on their monitoring, El Niño will not happen this summer season, but is most likely to take place towards the end of the year until early 2015.
El Niño, by the agency's standards, means 5 consecutive months without rain.
"Malaki po ang possibility na magkaroon ng El Nino within this year, but for the next two or three months, wala pa yun," Lucero said. "Sa ngayon wala pa kami nakikitang increasing temperatures that will trigger El Nino by next month."
PAGASA is expecting the next typhoon around the end of May. The last two weeks of May may be the start of the rainy season, the agency said.
"Pagkatapos ng sobrang kainitan, babalik na po ang tag-ulan," Lucero said.