TEMPERATURES continued to rise in the city by more than 31 degrees but the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the heat has remained under normal levels.
Ann Fortich, a weather specialist at the Pagasa station in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental said the temperatures in the city and province have been shooting up to 26 degrees Celsius from 10 am to over 31 degrees at 2 pm.
The temperature hit 31.8 degrees Celsius in the city and Misamis Oriental at 2 pm yesterday, a point higher than the average normal April temperature in the last 30 years.
On Wednesday, Pagasa recorded a temperature of 31.6 degrees at around 2 pm in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental.
Fortich said Pagasa’s forecast is the temperatures would rise from 26.5 to 32 degrees Celsius from 10 am to 2 pm today.
She said Pagasa sees the temperatures to be normal during the dry season vis-à-vis Pagasa’s April records from 1981 to 2010.
She said the average temperature for April in 30 years average 31.7 degrees Celsius.
On Wednesday, Fortich said, “Mas init pa ang normal nga temperature sa lawas sa tawo nga 36 degrees Celsius kay sa atong actual temperature karon nga 31.6 degrees Celsius ra.”
Fortich said Pagasa still expects the dry season to continue until the last day of April.
She said there is a ridge of high pressure area in Luzon and Visayas and easterly winds from the Pacific Ocean. (nitz arancon)