NCR sizzles at 37.7 degrees Celsius on Sunday

MANILA, Philippines — If you felt it was too hot on Sunday in Metro Manila, it really was, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA weather forecaster Robert Badrina told the Philippines News Agency that Metro Manila was hottest on Sunday at 37.7 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature in Metro Manila so far this year which was recorded at the Science Garden in Quezon City at 1:50 p.m.

The latest reading surpassed the previous high of 37.5 degrees Celsius recorded in the metropolis on Saturday.

Badrina explained that Luzon is experiencing a heat surge because of the ridge of high pressure area (HPA) which brings dry and warm winds.

Based on PAGASA’s climatological record, the hottest temperature in Metro Manila was recorded on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.

So far, the hottest temperature in the country for this year was recorded at 39.6 degrees Celsius in Isabela in Luzon on April 14; followed by 39.4 degrees Celsius in General Santos City in Mindanao on April 16; 38.8 degrees Celsius last April 16 in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan for Luzon; and 35.3 degrees Celsius last April 8 in Catbalogan, Samar for the Visayas.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in the country was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan at 42.2 degrees Celsius on May 11, 1969.

Badrina said that other parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, may experience hotter days due to a ridge of high-pressure area (HPA) which would be the dominant weather system in the country, resulting in more humid weather.

HPA is the opposite of the low-pressure area -– a weather system consisting of warm air circulating over the Pacific Ocean.

Badrina also attributed the hot temperatures to the penetration of the direct heat of the sunlight into the earth’s surface, and cloudless sky in the past days.

He advised the public to avoid heat exhaustion and stay indoors as much as possible from around 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In case air-conditioning is unavailable, staying in the lowest floor of the house or building away from the sun is advisable.

Residents of places directly hit by the heat of the sun, without trees and surrounded by concrete roads would feel much hotter.

People are also advised to wear clothing made of light materials with light colors, to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and to avoid eating food high in protein, which can increase body heat. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA/