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It’s official! PAGASA declares onset of dry season

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The state weather agency PAGASA officially declared the official start of the dry season in the country on Friday (March 22).

PAGASA explained that the shift of wind direction from northeasterly to easterly in most parts of the country signifies the termination of the northeast monsoon.

However, occasional northeasterly wind still prevails over extreme Northern Luzon.

PAGASA warned that the persistent weak El Niño that is affecting large areas in the country “may result to prolonged dry spell and hotter air temperatures in the coming months.”

For this reason, the public is advised to take precautionary measures to minimize heat stress and keep hydrated to prevent heat stroke.

The agency also reminded the public “to optimize the daily use of water for personal and domestic use”. — Marje Pelayo

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PAGASA reports record-high air temperature in Metro Manila at 36.6°C

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2019

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported a record-high temperature in Metro Manila at 36.6 degrees Celsius.

The current highest temperature was recorded at Science Garden monitoring station in Quezon City around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday (April 21).

It is higher compared to the 35.9 degrees Celsius recorded last April 13 this year.

PAGASA said that the high air temperature is due to the prevailing easterly winds or warm and humid air coming from the Pacific coast. — Aileen Cerrudo

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PAGASA warns public to brace for hotter temperatures in May

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several areas in the country are experiencing an abnormal rise in temperature in recent days.

State weather bureau, PAGASA said to expect much higher temperatures in the country in the coming days as El Niño phenomenon continues to persist.

“During El Niño mas mataas tayo sa normal. Siguro pwede pa tayong maka expect ng mas mataas (na temperature) until May, (Temperature is higher than normal with El Niño. We may expect much higher temperature until May,)” warned PAGASA-IAAS Assistant Weather Service Chief Thelma Cinco.

On Tuesday (April 9), PAGASA recorded 51.7˚C heat index in Dagupan City in Pangasinan.

The agency explained that heat index is the “human discomfort index that gives the “apparent” temperature or what human perceive or feel as the temperature affecting their body.”

Heat index is higher as compared to the actual temperature in a specific area.

PAGASA issues the heat index to warn the public of the health dangers of high temperature such as hypertension.

“Iyong (nararamdaman mong) init ay mainit na mas mainit pa ang mararamdaman mo dahil ang pawis mo (ay) hindi nag-evaporate. Kapag umabot ka ng 37 degrees (Celsius) parang nilalagnat ka. Iyong ganun na temperature, (The level of temperature that you feel is higher [than normal] because you perspire but your sweat doesn’t evaporate. It’s similar to the temperature when you have fever which is 37˚C,)” Cinco explained.

PAGASA advises the public to seek shelter and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and keep hydrated to avoid heat stroke.

The highest ever recorded temperature in the country was 42.2˚C in Tuguegarao City on April 22, 1912.

Similar temperature recurred in the city on May 11, 1969. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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M. Manila temperatures to hit 38 degrees Celsius in April — PAGASA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines —  The state weather bureau PAGASA has advised Metro Manila residents to take precautionary measures against heat stress and heat stroke in the coming days.

PAGASA warned on Tuesday (April 2) that temperatures could hit 38 degrees Celsius this April.

The public is also advised to keep hydrated and optimize the use of water for personal and domestic consumption.

PAGASA added that the prevailing El Niño is expected to bring hotter air temperatures in the coming months.

The hottest temperature registered in Metro Manila was on May 14, 1987 at 38.5 degrees Celsius.

The agency’s Climate Impact Monitoring and Prediction Section also warned that hotter weather will be experienced in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan this month ranging at 39.5 degrees Celsius, a point-4 increase than the normal maximum temperature in the city.

The country’s hottest temperature in the country was recorded in Tuguegarao City on May 11, 1969, at 42.2 degrees Celsius. – Marje Pelayo

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