Rain showers over Luzon bring needed relief Tuesday

May 1, 2012 9:37 pm 

MANILA, May 1 — Isolated rain showers over Luzon, including Metro Manila, brought much needed relief Tuesday from the weeks-long searing summer heat post-Easter.

Weather forecaster Buddy Javier said the rains were induced by a low pressure area in Puerto Princesa which affected the Visayas and an inter-tropical convergence zone which swept Mindanao.

“Yung naranasan pag-ulan sa part ng Southern Luzon ay may pagkakataon dahil sa init ng temperatura na naranasan sa nakalipas na oras," Javier said.

"At ‘di na kaya ang saturation point, kaya may panandaliang pagkaroon ng isolated rain showers.”

At noon Tuesday, some parts of Metro Manila, which had for the past two to three weeks writhed from the scorching sun, experienced rains.

Weathermen said what happened Tuesday indicated the approach of the rainy season.

Weathermen added the inter-tropical convergence zone, or the thick clouds from the south of Asia, is now slowly moving up north.

It will eventually induce the southwest monsoon that will bring rains and storms to the country starting the third or last week of May.

Temperature in Metro Manila Tuesday started to plunge from 33.8 degrees Celsius at 10 am recorded to 31.8 by 2 pm.

Elsewhere in Luzon, the highest temperature recorded as at 2 pm. was 36 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan.

This compared with 34.7 degrees Celsius in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; 35 in Dagupan City, Pangasinan; 36.1 in Clark, Pampanga; and 33.1 in Subic, Zambales.

In the Visayas, Mactan in Cebu recorded 32.4 degrees Celsius, while General Santos City in Mindanao had 35 degrees.

Baguio City, the country’s summer capital nestled at 5,000 feet above sea level, 28.8 degrees Celsius was recorded Tuesday.

Clark has so far recorded this year's highest temperature of 38.4 degrees Celsius on April 13. (PNA)

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