By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Air temperature in Metro Manila soared to a sizzling 36.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday, the highest so far this dry season.

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Frolickers take a dip in the waters of Baseco Beach in Manila on the sunset of Black Saturday. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recorded the 36.6 degrees Celsius air temperature at the Science Garden monitoring station in Quezon City around 2:56 p.m. Sunday.

It surpassed the 35.9 degrees Celsius registered last April 13.

The warm weather condition is attributed to the prevailing easterly winds or warm and humid air coming from the Pacific coast.

PAGASA earlier explained that the Science Garden monitoring station in Quezon City is the “most ideal” place to get the highest air temperature in the metropolis because of the absence of “obstructions,” unlike at the NAIA and Port Area stations were “smoke, urban heat, buildings, and airplanes” affect the air temperature.

Based on the PAGASA data, the highest temperature in Philippine history is 42.2 degrees Celsius, recorded in Tuguegarao, Cagayan on May 11, 1969.

Meanwhile, the hottest day in Metro Manila was 38.5 degrees Celsius recorded on May 14, 1987.

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