Metro Manila scorches on hottest day

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2012 07:15 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2012 08:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Weather in Metro Manila continued to sizzle on Friday as the hottest temperature so far this year was recorded by the state weather bureau.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said thermometer readings at the Science Garden in Quezon City scorched at 36.4 degrees Celcius at 3 p.m.

Friday’s temperature surpassed the 36.2 degrees Celsius that was recorded last Tuesday and Wednesday.

PAGASA said the hot weather is due to a high-pressure ridge over Luzon.

Sunny weather is expected through Monday with highs of 36 degrees Celsius.

Beating the heat

The scorching weather has prompted Metro Manila residents to come up with creative ways to beat the heat.

One resident, Marian Caballero, adds ice to the bath water of her children.

“Para maging presko ang katawan nila sa pagligo,” she said.

Some resort to eating fruits to feel refreshed. One resident places the skin of a watermelon on her forehead and arms to relieve her from the heat.

Servers in an eatery in Metro Manila place a tray of ice in front of an electric fan to help cool off customers.

Meanwhile, health experts warn that the hot weather can cause heat stroke even when you're not directly under the sun.

“Pwede kahit sa loob ka lang ng bahay kung sobrang init ng bahay mo, pwede ka ma-heat stroke, pati sa mga sasakyan,” said cardiologist Dr. Willie Ong. -- Reports from Robert Mano, dzMM; Sol Aragones, ABS-CBN News; Bettina Magsaysay, ANC