MANILA, Philippines - If you think a Metro Manila summer afternoon is sweltering hot, you spare a thought for people in Quirino province where it soared to a blistering 40.1 degrees Celsius Saturday afternoon.
The temperature reading, which was recorded at around 2:45 pm, is believed to be the hottest so far in the country this year.
It is also the highest ever recorded in Quirino just northeast of Metro Manila.
"Tinalo ng 40.1 temp kanina sa Quirino iyong 1912 record na 39.5 deg C, but not the 1969 record of 42.2 °C sa Tuguegarao," Project NOAH head Dr. Mahar Lagmay told ABS-CBNNews.com.
In Metro Manila, state weather bureau PAGASA said the maximum temperature reached 34.5 degrees Celsius Saturday.
However, the temperature in the metropolis "felt like" 41 to 42 degrees Celsius, PAGASA added.
"'Feels like': ang aktual na nararamdamang init ng isang tao pag isinama ang relative humidity sa temperatura," the agency explained.
PAGASA said most parts of the country are expected to continue seeing a good amount of sun on Sunday and in the next few days.
Only the Batanes group of islands will experience a break from the summer heat, as a tail-end of a cold front will mean clody skies and light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms on the islands.
A ridge of high pressure area across Luzon, meanwhile, will mean more hot days and nights ahead for Metro Manila, central and northern Luzon, Southern Tagalog, and nearby regions.