It is awfully hot in Manila!

[Harold Pineda]

Summer is overextending its stay in the country, and it is scorchingly hot! Even at nights, the expected cool breeze in the city is nowhere near my windows. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the highest temperature in the country so far this year is now 39.3∞C. The latest hottest temperature for Metro Manila was noted at 37∞C last April 24 at the PAGASA Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City. Before, Metro Manila’s latest maximum temperature record was 36.8∞C last April 17. The erstwhile maximum temperature record this year was 39∞C in General Santos City last April 14. The highest temperature record in Philippine history is 42.2∞C in Tuguegarao City on May 11, 1969.

PAGASA said that the warm weather in the country is expected to reach its peak in the first half of May, the warmest month of the year before the onset of the rainy season in June. Among the highest recorded temperature in the country was 38.6∞C at the Manila Port Area on May 17, 1915; 38.1∞C at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on May 18, 1969; and 38.5∞C in Sangley Point, Cavite, on May 16, 1987.

That’s pretty good news as in the next few days, the hot temperatures will begin to go down in time for the rainy season. In the meantime, cold showers will do, just like what Harold Pineda [photos above] is doing. It is risky to that on the rooftop though.

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