|Daybreak at Alona Beach, Panglao Island in Bohol|
The PhilippineAtmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recently announced the soaring temperatures does not imply that the country is in the grip of a heat wave.
PAGASA senior weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the sweltering heat is normal at this time of the year.
He cites the highest recorded temperature in Metro Manila so far this year is 35.9 degrees Celsius, and the highest in the country is 38.4 degrees Celsius registered at Clark, Pampanga. And that the hottest hour in a day is about 2 p.m. because ''although the sun is overhead at 12 noon, there is a lag time of two to three hours before the land heats up and that is the time that the temperature rises.''
This month, PAGASA said the expected temperature in the Visayas, which includes Bohol, hovers between 23°C to 34°C.
Be that as it may, here in Panglao, fine white sand beaches abound where one can go to and get respite from the soaring temperatures. However, the island weather remains very pleasant – cool in the early mornings and evenings, and not so unnervingly hot and humid during midday.
There was a brief torrential downpour the other night that lasted no more than 20 minutes. It cooled the night and provided an even more restful sleep for everyone.
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