Metro Manila sizzles at 36.7 degrees

MANILA — The temperature rose to 36.7 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila on Sunday, one of the hottest days so far, and the weather bureau said the heat could become more intense in the next several weeks.

Weather bureau plotter May Sarmiento said that temperature was recorded in Quezon City and elsewhere in the country. It ranged from 36.6 degrees to 37.1 degrees Celsius, but the hottest was in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, at 37.4 degrees Celsius.

“We advise the public to take precautions against heat stroke and other discomforts because we expect the temperature to rise in most parts of the country in May,” Sarmiento said.

The highest temperature in Metro Manila was 38.6 degrees Celsius, which was recorded on May 17, 1915. But the highest recorded temperature in the country was 42.2 degrees Celsius, which was recorded in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, on May 11, 1969.

In Legazpi City, President Aquino was expected to inaugurate within this week a modern radar facility that penetrate the clouds to determine the volume of rainfall and speed and direction of the wind, the weather bureau said.

Landrico Dalida, head of the weather bureau’s regional Center, said the P560-million Doppler Radar facility in Bato, Catanduanes, was one of three state-of-the-art radars being built in the Philippines using solid-state technology developed by Japanese engineers.

“The Japanese-made Doppler radar is considered the first of its kind not only in the Philippines but also in the entire world,” Dalida said.

He said the two other radars were under construction in Guiuan, Samar, and Aparri in Cagayan.

The Doppler radar in Bato is on the mountaintop in Buenavista village. It is about eight stories tall and equipped with digital instruments President Aquino was expected to inaugurate the facility on May 2, Dalida said.

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