Near-40°C NorLuz temperature possible this June

MANILA –Despite the onset of 2017 rainy season, the country’s temperature this June may exceed the mean for the warmest Philippine month of May, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA forecast a maximum temperature of 39.5°C in Northern Luzon this June, the highest expected in the country.

It also forecast maximum temperatures of 38.3°C in Mindanao’s lowlands; 38.2°C in the Visayan lowlands; 38.1°C in Luzon’s lowlands; 34.3°C in mountainous areas of Mindanao; and 28.2°C in mountainous Luzon areas.

June 2017 temperature can reach 37.5°C in Metro Manila, PAGASA said.

Except for the forecast covering Luzon’s mountainous areas, PAGASA expects temperatures this June to be higher than mean temperature in the country during May.

PAGASA identified May as the Philippines’ warmest month with a mean temperature of 28.3°C.

This week, PAGASA announced onset of the 2017 rainy season.

“Occurrence of widespread rainfall recorded in most PAGASA stations monitored in the last five days under Type 1 climate confirms onset of the rainy season,” the agency said in its May 30, 2017 press release.

PAGASA said most parts of the country were likely to experience near- to above-normal rainfall conditions in June and July 2017.

However, breaks in the expected rain events may occur due to persistence of the ridge of the North Pacific high pressure area, PAGASA said. PNA