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MANILA, Philippines - Temperatures in Metro Manila set a new record Monday afternoon when the mercury reached 36.6 degrees Celsius, the hottest since January, but residents felt the heat at above 40 degrees Celsius.
Based on the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the temperature peaked at 2 pm. But with the relative humidity (amount of water vapor in the air) at 46 percent, residents in the National Capital Region (NCR) actually experienced the heat at 43 degrees Celsius.
Last week, Metro Manila also recorded its hottest week with the average maximum temperature at 35.5 degrees Celsius. Four out of seven days posted temperatures above 36 degrees Celsius.
Temperatures are expected to climb higher next month. The hottest day in Manila's history was on May 14, 1987 when the temperature soared to 38.5 degrees.
The hottest day in the Philippines was recorded in Tuguegarao on May 11, 1969 at 42.2 degrees.
Despite the intense heating in Luzon, Mindanao is experiencing rains due to a developing storm or active low-pressure area.