Tuguegarao, Pasay sizzle at 35.5°C as PAGASA forecasts hotter days ahead

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 8) — The state weather bureau’s stations in Tuguegarao City and Pasay City recorded the highest temperature of the day on Sunday at a sizzling 35.5°C

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s station in Science Garden in Quezon City recorded a marginally cooler 35°C, but a feverish heat index of 39°C.

Temperatures in its stations in Clark, Pampanga and Butuan City stood at 34.9°C and 33.3°C, respectively.

PAGASA said the hotter weather is due to the northeast monsoon, commonly known as Amihan, getting weaker, while the warm and damp easterlies are making their presence felt more strongly in the country.

Ngayon ay unti-unti nang umiinit ang panahon dahil papalapit na tayo sa tag-init. At sa Amihan season ay maaaring magtapos by average, kalagitnaan ng March at maaaring umabot ng April. Ito 'yung nararanasan natin na humihina na 'yung Amihan,” PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio told CNN Philippines.

[Translation: The weather is getting warmer since we’re getting closer to summer. Amihan season, on average, ends at the middle of March and it may last until April. This is what we’re experiencing now that Amihan is getting weaker.]

Tuguegarao also reported a high of 35°C, while Zamboanga City recorded a high of 34°C.

There is no hope for cooler weather in the next four days, according to PAGASA’s forecast, even though most of the country will experience occasional thunderstorms.