Rainshowers, cooler temperatures bring relief to Metro Manila residents

May 4, 2012 10:02 pm 

MANILA, May 4 – Residents of Metro Manila again enjoyed cooler temperatures and respite from the summer heat due to isolated rainshowers that fell over most parts of the metropolis on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Weather forecaster Chris Perez said the rainshowers were caused by the diffused tail end of the cold front affecting Southern Luzon.

He added that more isolated rains are possible to be experienced this weekend as the whole country will have mostly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Weathermen said that as of 3:00 p.m. Friday, moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms were experienced over Novaliches and other parts of Quezon City, San Juan, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Makati, Taguig and Cainta, Rizal.

Since Tuesday, Metro Manila has been experiencing isolated rains intervening with the oppressive summer heat.

In the past weeks, Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon had reeled under high temperatures, peaking at 36.6 degrees Celsius in the metropolis last Monday.

Perez said that the temperature recorded in Metro Manila as of 2:00 p.m. on Friday went down to 31.3 degrees Celsius at the Science Garden in Quezon City.

Elsewhere in Luzon, the highest temperature registered Friday afternoon was 35.5 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. This compared with 34.7 degrees Celsius in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; 34.2 in Dagupan City, Pangasinan; 32.6 in Clark, Pampanga; and 31.1 in Subic, Zambales.

In the Visayas, Mactan in Cebu recorded 32 degrees Celsius, while General Santos City in Mindanao also had 32.

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

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