Rains cool down Metro Manila

Posted at 05/03/12 6:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Isolated rainshowers on Thursday cooled down temperatures in Metro Manila, the state weather bureau said.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) observed thermometer readings of 34.3 degrees Celsius at around 1:50 p.m.

PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong told dzMM that the summer weather is expected to cool down in the late afternoon and evening due to the rains.

Quitlong said rains are caused by local heating and noted that the weather bureau is not monitoring any weather disturbance in the country.

The hottest day in Metro Manila this year was observed last Monday, with thermometer readings reaching 36.6 degrees Celsius.

Rains are also expected to hit the rest of Luzon, especially in Baguio, Laoag, Tagaytay and Quezon.

While there's no weather system affecting Mindanao, PAGASA said isolated rainshowers are likely to hit Davao, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato and General Santos City.

In the Visayas, Bohol, Bacolod, Iloilo City and Roxas City will also have its share of rains.

Solar eclipse

PAGASA also said a solar eclipse is happening at around 6 a.m. on May 22.

The weather bureau calls it the annular solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the sun.

This causes the sun to look like a ring with the moon blocking most of the sun's light. -- With a report from ANC