MANILA -- The temperature in Metro Manila soared to 36.6 degrees Celsius on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
It is the hottest day in the year so far, according to the state weather bureau.
PAGASA's May Sarmiento said temperature readings at the Quezon City Science Garden on Monday reached their peak at 3:50 p.m.
On Sunday, the temperature reached 35.8 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, the highest temperature in Tuguegarao City on Monday reached 37.2 degrees Celsius.
The highest temperature in the country was recorded last May 15 at 39.7 degrees Celsius, in Echague, Isabela.
In an interview on dzMM, PAGASA's Dr. Landrico Dalida, Jr. said the temperature will still go higher because of the coming El Niño phenomenon.