Apr 252013

While Metro Manila sizzled Thursday at temperatures above 36 degrees Celsius, at least three areas in Luzon recorded temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius, state weather forecasters said.

PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong also said temperatures in various parts of the country may continue to rise until at least the first week of May.

“Next week ang pinaka peak hanggang first week ng May, kaya pwede malampasan ito,” Quitlong said in an interview on dzBB radio.

Quitlong said the highest temperature recorded at Science Garden in Quezon City was 36.3 degrees Celsius.

The highest temperature in Metro Manila so far this year was 36.6 degrees Celsius last April 19.

Elsewhere in Luzon, Quitlong said temperatures reached 37.0 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao (Cagayan), Cabanatuan (Nueva Ecija), and Echague (Isabela).

For Friday, PAGASA said Metro Manila and Tuguegarao may expect temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius (http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/wb/fcst/pf.pdf).

Rain over Mindanao

Meanwhile, PAGASA’s 5 p.m. bulletin said parts of Mindanao may expect rain on Friday while Metro Manila and the rest of the country may have isolated rain.

PAGASA said the trough of a low-pressure area is extending across Mindanao while easterlies are prevailing over the eastern section of Luzon and Visayas.

“Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of country will be partly cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms,” it said.

It added light to moderate winds from the east to southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the east to northeast over Visayas and Mindanao.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate. — TJD, GMA News

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