By NITZ ARANCON
THE scorching heat experienced in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro yesterday was brought about by the easterly winds coming from the Pacific Ocean, a weather specialist said. The heat index rose to over 36 degrees Celsius.
Catherine Asunto, a weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration-Mindanao Station in Mulogan, El Salvador City, said the heat index is also an indication of the “transition period” from the dry season to the rainy season.
Asunto said the heat index are forecast to range from 24.2 to 33.6 degrees Celsius brought about by the easterly winds coming from the Pacific Ocean.
But it was particularly warm yesterday which registered a heat index of 36.6 degrees Celsius, she said.
“Tungod sa epekto sa weak El Niño, init gyud kaayo ang atong mabati kay nag-prevail man ang easterly winds gikan sa Pacific Ocean nga duol ra sa ato dinhi sa Mindanao,” Asunto explained.
Although there is still a weak El Niño in the region, Asunto added, Northern Mindanao would continue to experience scattered rainshowers brought about by localized thunderstorms from time to time.
“Init man kaayo ang panahon, so ma-develop pod dayon ang localized thunderstorm labi na sa hapon ug gabi-i, ma-o nang makasinati pud ta sa mga pag-ulan,” said Asunto.