MANILA--The temperature in Metro Manila could soar to 38 degrees Celsius this month, the state weather bureau said Wednesday.
The figure is an "instantaneous value" and not an average temperature for the month, said Ana Liza Solis, chief of PAGASA’s Climate Impact Monitoring and Prediction Section.
"Mararanasan natin ito (we will experience this) at least one time in April," she said.
The highest temperature expected in the region this week is 33 degrees Celsius, according to the weather bureau's website.
Last month, the temperature in Metro Manila peaked at 36.2 degrees Celsius, said PAGASA senior weather specialist Rusy Abastillas.
A higher temperature of 39 degrees Celsius is expected this month in the northern city of Tuguegarao, she told ABS-CBN News.
PAGASA's forecast concerns air temperature, said Abastillas. The heat index or actual temperature experienced by the body could be higher, depending on the relative humidity or amount of moisture in the air, she said.
Solis urged the public to avoid going outdoors between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., limit alcohol consumption which promotes urine production, use sunscreen, reduce food intake and avoid protein-rich food.
People should also be on the lookout for signs of heat stress, which could lead to heat stroke, including rapid heartbeat, cramps, vomiting and dizziness, she said.