Friday, March 28, 2008


Nathaniel Cruz, head of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), advised the nation to prepare for a scorching weather during the upcoming April and May months. The temperatures in Manila are expected to soar to as high as 37 degrees Celsius, while those at the outlying provinces may possibly reach as high as 40.

Although the normal body temperature may be 37 degrees Celcius, Cruz said in an interview on dzBB radio that, "people normally already feel uncomfortably hot at 34 to 35 degrees Celsius." And he forewarned that the relative humidity at this time of year may make some people feel up to four degrees hotter.

People are asked to avoid exposure to the sun especially from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. He said the temperature will be at its hottest between 2 and 3 p.m.

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Recommended read:

How to Cool Yourself Without Air Conditioning

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posted by Señor Enrique at 5:22 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so damn cold here since the start of winter, I would gladly exchange places (if I could) with someone out there in the tropics for a reprieve.

Summer weather is not that bad compared to the nagging winter cold that seems to last forever.

I've promised myself already, I would never swear of the hot weather but embrace it while it's there.

March 28, 2008 7:32 AM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

I could just imagine how hot it would be and I sympathize. I just hope we don't have one of those heat waves in the summer time. A couple of years ago, we had that heat wave for 12 consecutive days in July where the temps were 95-100+. It was the most uncomfortable feeling.

Global warming, it's real.

March 28, 2008 8:13 AM  

Blogger JayAshKal said...

Watch what you're wishing for Anonymous. Summer in most of the Philippines is stiflingly hot and humid.

Here in Sydney we did n't even felt summer and now it is Autumn.

I guess weather pattern changing due to pollution, so support Earth Hour this 29 March:

Sorry for the plug, Senor Eric.


March 28, 2008 8:16 AM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

I think I'll just hole up in my room all day. Hay, naku. I can already see the figures in my electric bill. :(

March 28, 2008 8:22 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Like you, Anonymous, if given a choice, I'd rather have the summer months over the cold winters. That is because I'm a summer baby. Actually, in NYC, I'd get the blues whenever autumn starts to set in.

However, the above 100-degree Fahrenheit heatwave can be devastatingly uncomfortable.

March 28, 2008 9:33 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

New York City would sometimes experience similar heat waves, Photo Cache, which caused deaths to some elderly folks. Didn't they have the same terribly hot summer in Europe once recently as well?

Btw, a friend was once in Austin, Texas and was dumbfounded to have witnessed the extremely hot weather causing some dogs to drop dead on the road.

March 28, 2008 9:37 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thanks for sharing the URL with us Mario! I had just checked it out and its link. I may participate on my own even though there isn't such an event here in Manila. The city should participate, though.

March 28, 2008 9:39 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Unfortunately, Rhoda, I couldn't stay overnight in an air-conditioned room; I'd get the sniffles :(

A well-ventilated space with an electric fan is more ideal for me :)

Keep cool!

March 28, 2008 9:42 AM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

The air conditioner is subject of our daily arguments - me and hubby, Eric. Like you, he would start having the sniffles when it's turned on. I told him jokingly one time, that this disagreement can be a good ground for legal separation, or, in American setting - divorce. hehehe.

But you know what - it's really hotter here in the province than in Manila. I wonder why. With all the airconditioners going full blast all over the metropolis, and the CFCs they emit, the heat should be trapped all around, as the greehouse effect process suggests. And if it's warm in the countryside - it's doubly warm where we are here in Dagupan because live very near the beach.

March 28, 2008 9:49 AM  

Blogger Luke Wiley said...

those ore warm temperatures!keep cool!
Wiley Willows Photoblog

March 28, 2008 11:30 AM  

Blogger luna miranda said...

My dog had a nosebleed the other day...the vet said it's because of the heat. Fritz is now given a bath everyday, and his own electric fan. Hayyyy! I wish I'm rich enough to have his room air-conditioned! lol

March 28, 2008 4:22 PM  

Blogger mimi said...

buti nga po di pa ganu mainit ngayon.. compare last summer..

March 28, 2008 5:46 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

It can be incredibly hot in Subic as well, Rhoda, but as you know, most of the old houses are so designed with great ventilation. My cousin's beach house without the air conditioners may not be conducive for habitation, especially its bedrooms. Another cousin's beach house in Santa Cruz, Zambales which is also right near the water can be so hot as well.

March 28, 2008 8:51 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thanks, Luke. I bet it's still rather chilly where you are.

March 28, 2008 8:52 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I feel bad for some of those pure bred canines, Luna, whose genetic makeup is fit for frigid environment but being bred and raised here in the tropics. I know someone who has a pair of Siberian huskies who are given their own air-conditioned bedroom; otherwise they may perish.

Trust your Fritz is fine now.

March 28, 2008 8:54 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

The scorching heat that PAGASA anticipates, Mimi, is supposed to occur within the next two months, accompanied by some rains.

March 28, 2008 8:55 PM  

Anonymous kyels said...

That's going to be really hot. I've never experienced such scorching hot weather before. I guess if there was a public pool everyone would be taking a dip in it.


March 28, 2008 9:13 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I had experienced a 100-110 degree F temperature heat wave in NYC during the summer, Kyels. It was unbearably hot! Also, I didn't leave the house without any head covering.

March 29, 2008 6:29 AM  

Blogger gizelle said...

Nice catch on the umbrella Senor! Lol...I heard from my brother it was cold in February and then turns warm suddenly...oh my! This is one reason why hubby prefer vacation in nearby cities than to go home to Pinas, mainit daw! =(

March 30, 2008 4:15 PM  

Anonymous dave said...

I could tolerate heat more than cold. I guess I'm really suited for the tropics. It really is time for a swim. Bathing under the May showers is good too.

April 02, 2008 8:34 PM  

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