Luzon, Metro Manila sizzle at 34+ degree Celsius — PAGASA

May 15, 2012 10:35 pm 

MANILA, May 15 — Parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, experienced 34-plus degree Celsius on Tuesday while scattered rain showers prevail over Mindanao and Palawan, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Julie Mines, weather forecaster, said that Metro Manila temperature recorded on Tuesday as of 2:00 p.m. was at 34.5 degrees Celsius in Science Garden, Quezon City.

Mines added that the highest temperature recorded of 37.3 on Tuesday was in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan followed by Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija and Dagupan City, Pangasinan which both registered 34.8 degrees Celsius.

The temperature of 33 was felt at Laoag, Ilocos Norte while 32.6 was felt at Clark, Pampanga, and Subic Zambales at 30.9.

Mines said in Visayas region, Mactan in Cebu has recorded 31 degrees Celsius while in Mindanao area and General Santos had 31.

Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, was not spared from the warm weather as it experienced 26.1 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.

Mines added that they are now monitoring southwest monsoon (habagat) which indicates that the rainy season is approaching,

The country has been experiencing rains the past few weeks, but PAGASA cannot say when the rainy season has started until habagat sets in.

The weather agency said it is waiting for the winds to shift from the present southeasterly to southwesterly.

PAGASA said that the southwest monsoon is making itself felt with rains over Metro Manila and parts of Luzon the past few days.

PAGASA forecasters said they were waiting for the habagat to set in before they could officially declare the start of the rainy season.

PAGASA said it expects the rainy season to start in the third week of May or first week of June.

Meanwhile, an inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is still affecting Mindanao and also Palawan.

In its advisory, PAGASA said Mindanao and Palawan will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening, it added.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over western Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate blowing from the southeast to south with slight to moderate seas. (PNA) DCT/CLTC

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