Unbearable weather seen ahead

March 8, 2010 11:57 pm 

MANILA, March 8 — The weather bureau said extremely high temperature poses threat of heatstroke, or worse, heatwave in the coming days as scorching season is just starting to gain momentum, and will further cause impact in the coming months.

Nathaniel Cruz, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) deputy director for operations and services, said that a weather as hot as this is normally experienced around April when summer is at its peak.

Cruz explained that the presence of high pressure area (HPA), aggravated by the prevailing El Nino, triggers the warm and humid weather.

These, and the early termination of northeast monsoon, will make climate unbearable in the next three to four months.

The Pagasa earlier announced that El Nino conditions could last up until months of June or July.

Heatwave is also possible, if sweltering heat continues for five consecutive days, hence the agency advises the public to prepare precautionary measures.

Cruz also advises the public to maintain proper ventilation in their homes, keeping sufficient drinking water and wearing summer clothes, to name a few.

He also alerted the health department of possible spread of summer illnesses and vector-borne diseases.

He said the months of April and May will even be hotter than what people are currently experiencing.

The Pagasa has warned of not just heat stroke to humans, because the increase in temperature could be detrimental to house pets and agricultural crops.

Already, over 25 provinces are experiencing drier than normal conditions due to absence of rains.

The Pagasa recorded the maximum temperature at 1:55 p.m. Monday at 35.6 degrees Celsius, slightly lower than the 35.8 degrees Celsius recorded last Saturday, which was the hottest for the year so far.

The warmest temperature in record in Metro Manila was at 38.5 degrees Celsius, which hit the metropolis on May 14, 1987. (PNA)

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