MANILA - The state weather bureau yesterday warned the public that temperatures in Metro Manila and Tuguegarao City in Cagayan could hit 37 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius, respectively, during the dry or summer months.
Vicente Malano, acting administrator of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the forecast maximum temperature for Metro Manila is between 35 degrees and 37 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, in Tuguegarao City, the temperature will range from 38 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius, he said.
PAGASA recorded the hottest temperature in the country so far this year at 36.1 degrees Celsius in Subic, Zambales last March 21 and in Tuguegarao last March 26.
Based on PAGASA’s climatological records, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.
PAGASA said warm and humid weather will continue to prevail until Friday next week.
“The whole country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening,” it said.
The agency said the easterlies will persist in most parts of the archipelago, increasing the chances of light to moderate thunderstorms over the eastern section.
However, it said the northeasterlies will bring moderate to occasionally rough sea conditions over the Visayas and Mindanao beginning Tuesday and over Luzon by Wednesday.
PAGASA said no tropical cyclone is expected to affect the country until April 4.