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MANILA, Philippines - Hot weather will continue to prevail over most parts of the country, but isolated rainshowers will bring relief in the afternoon or evening, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday.
Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that a ridge of high-pressure area which brings warm weather is extending across Southern Luzon and the Visayas.
Since Tuesday, Metro Manila has been experiencing isolated rainshowers intervening with the oppressive summer heat.
In the past weeks, Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon had been subjected to high temperatures, peaking at 36.6 degrees Celsius in the metropolis last Monday.
Aurelio said the highest temperature recorded in Metro Manila on Thursday was 34.3 degrees Celsius at the Science Garden in Quezon City.
Elsewhere in Luzon, the highest temperature recorded on Thursday was 37.4 degrees Celsius in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. This compared with 37 degrees Celsius in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan and 35 in Dagupan City, Pangasinan; 34 in Clark, Pampanga, and 33.2 in Subic, Zambales.
In the Visayas, Mactan in Cebu recorded 32.4 degrees Celsius, while General Santos City in Mindanao had 33 degrees Celsius.
Clark has so far recorded this year's highest temperature of 38.4 degrees Celsius on April 13.
Meanwhile, in its advisory, PAGASA said the whole country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Light to moderate winds from the south to southwest will prevail over Luzon, and coming from the northeast to northwest over the rest of the country.
The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.