Clear weather and hot temperatures are prevailing across much of the Philippines today, and will continue to do so in the coming days. Still, we can’t avoid isolated thunderstorms to pop up every now and then, especially in the afternoon hours. But in terms of large scale and significant weather event, there isn’t anything in the forecast.
Forecast Graphic (NOT OFFICIAL)
As the skies remain mostly clear, expect temperatures to shoot up into the mid and upper 30s in many places in the Philippines. In Manila alone, a temperature of 35.3C was recorded in Thursday–the hottest so far this year. Other places such Cabanatuan, Tuguegarao, and Dagupan are recording 35-36 degree temperatures. In urban areas like Manila, those hot temps combined with the high humidity can make it feel like in the upper 30s to even 40C on the skin so please do be careful when heading out.
As mentioned above, the potential for isolated thunderstorms still exist, particularly in the latter part of the day. Some of these storms can bring heavy rainfall in short durations. In some cases, some of these cells can be accompanied by strong gusts of winds and even spawn a tornado. Last Tuesday, a small tornado tore through a town in Cotabato and killed a 12-year old girl. Unfortunately, we really can’t pinpoint where and when these thunderstorms would form. However, always be vigilant and acknowledge the possibility of these thunderstorms and rain showers forming at any place.
For more weather across Asia, please see Rob’s Video Update. My next 3-day forecast will be on Monday, April 16.