PAGASA: Holy Week to be hot

Aside from their other Lenten sacrifices, Filipinos may have to endure hot, humid weather this coming Holy Week, state weather forecasters said Tuesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said this is due to the easterly winds, or winds from the east.

“Most of the time na nangyayari sa panahon ng pagdiriwang ng Mahal na Araw, karamihan hanging silanganin. Kaya mamasa-masang hangin at maalinsangan at mainit na panahon ang maaasahan,” PAGASA forecaster Manny Mendoza said in an interview on dzBB radio.

PAGASA earlier warned of hot weather during the summer months, noting the temperature in Metro Manila already reached 34.5 degrees Celsius this early into the summer.

The 34.5-degree weather was recorded last Saturday, March 3 and Thursday, March 8.

On the other hand, PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said hotter days may be expected up ahead as temperatures could reach 36 degrees.

“Sa Metro Manila, opo, maaaring umabot ng 35 at 36 (degrees Celsius),” Aurelio said in an interview on dzBB radio last weekend.

He added that in other areas like Tuguegarao in Cagayan province, temperatures may even reach 37 degrees Celsius—roughly the same as that of the human body. —KG, GMA News

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