Philippines: Guiuan hits 51°C, hotter than UAE

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An unprecedented heatwave has hit the Philippines since April. PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY

As the Philippines grappled with a scorching heat wave, the municipality of Guiuan in Eastern Samar recorded the highest temperature of 51°C on May 20, according to media reports.

This was hotter than in the UAE, which recorded a maximum temperature of 43°C in internal areas on the same day, according to National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).

On Monday, Roxas City recorded a maximum temperature of 47°C while Iloilo City was exposed to 45°C punishing heat. Monday’s 51°C temperature recorded in Guiuan is considered extreme danger level, news channel GMA 7 quoted state weather bureau PAGASA as saying.

An unprecedented heatwave has hit the Philippines since April, causing widespread water shortages and thousands of school closures. The heat has been described as so brutal that, earlier this week, a video of a Philippine resort went viral after staff added blocks of ice to cool down the swimming pool. The scene was reminiscent of Dubai-based radio presenter Kris Fade doing the same thing in his own swimming pool in 2019.

According to the Philippine weather bureau, the highest temperature recorded so far in the country in 2024 was on April 28 in Iba, Zambales, which experienced a scorching 53°C. In Asia, countries like India and Pakistan are also experiencing extreme temperatures.

In the UAE, the national weather bureau has forecast that the temperature is expected to get hotter as summer intensifies. On Tuesday (May 21), the maximum temperature was 44°C in internal areas.

The official record for the UAE’s highest ever temperature was 52.1ºC in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra Region at 2:45pm on July 2002, according to NCM.

Last year, temperatures in the UAE hit above 50°C in July and August, with Al Dhafra region recording a high of 50.1°C for two consecutive days on July 15 and 16, and 50.3°C on August 25. ICA/Expat Media

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