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A day after experiencing the hottest day of the year so far, Filipinos in Metro Manila may have to brace for more 36-degree Celsius weather on Wednesday, state weather forecasters said.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration also said the easterlies or winds from the east may be adding to the heat.
"Hindi nakakabuo ang kaulapan kaya hindi maba-block ang init ng araw. Isa pa roon, ang hangin na nararanasan natin sa Luzon ay easterlies galing sa Pacific Ocean. Mainit ‘yan kaya nakakadagdag ng kainitan," PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong said in an interview on dzBB radio.
"Lalong lumalakas ang ridge of a high-pressure area. Asahan nating mainit pa rin sa maghapon," he added.
The hottest areas, he said, are buildings with cemented surfaces and without trees, as well as the areas near bodies of water.
On Tuesday afternoon, PAGASA recorded the hottest weather so far this year in Metro Manila at 36.2 degrees Celsius.
But Quitlong noted that on a nationwide scale, the hottest weather is still in Clark (Pampanga) at 38.4 degrees Celsius earlier this month.
"Patuloy pa ring makakaapekto sa bansa ang ridge of a high-pressure area dala ang maganda at medyo mainit na panahon," he added.
PAGASA's extended weather outlook said Metro Manila may experience 36-degree Celsius weather on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
It said 36-degree Celsius weather is also expected in Tuguegarao on Wednesday; and at Subic in Zambales and Clark in Pampanga on Saturday.
PAGASA's 5 a.m. bulletin added Luzon will experience partly cloudy skies while the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Light to moderate winds from the east to southeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas, and coming from the east to northeast over the rest of the country.
The coastal waters will be slight to moderate throughout the archipelago.
US envoy tweets about hot weather
Even United States Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. felt the heat Tuesday when state weather forecasters recorded the hottest day in Metro Manila so far this year.
In an entry on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, Thomas echoed what several Filipinos have been feeling so far this summer.
"Mainit na sa Manila!" he said. –KG, GMA News