Metro Manila sizzles at 34.9 degrees Celsius on Black Saturday

March 31, 2013 10:41 am 

MANILA, March 30 — Metro Manila set another record for the hottest day as the temperature of one-tenth degree shy of 35 degrees Celsius, state weather forecasters said Saturday.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the maximum temperature recorded at the Science Garden in Quezon City was 34.9 degrees Celsius at 1:50 p.m. Black Saturday, hottest so far recorded in the metropolis though the temperature for the day was lowest at 23.5 degrees at 6 a.m.

On Holy Tuesday and Good Friday, PAGASA recorded a high temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila.

So far the hottest temperature recorded for this year was 36.7 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao, Cagayan last March 23.

PAGASA earlier warned of possible 35-degree temperatures in April and May, when the summer heat begins to peak.

In its 5 p.m. update, PAGASA said temperature range for Metro Manila on Sunday may be between 23 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Similarly, PAGASA forecast temperatures of up to 35 degrees for Tuguegarao City on Easter Sunday.

Meanwhile, PAGASA also indicated in its advisory possible isolated rain showers and thunderstorms over the country, most likely in the afternoon or evening.

This is due to the easterlies or warm winds from the east affecting the eastern section of the country, it said.

"The whole country will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening," it said.

PAGASA also said light to moderate winds from the east to southeast will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the east to northeast over the rest of the country.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate, it added. (PNA)

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