Davao City gets hot as "Pepeng" comes back
By Jean Duron-Abangan
Davao City (9 October) -- Davao City experienced above usual temperature levels while typhoon Pepeng was seen hovering back to Northern Luzon areas and lingered on for three straight days from Monday until Wednesday when it downgraded into mere tropical depression.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) Davao City office yesterday noted that the city become much hotter than usual at a temperature range of 33 degrees Celsius to 36 degrees Celsius.
PAG-ASA weather observer Aiza Bathan in a phone inquiry said Davao City's temperature reached a maximum of 33 degrees Celsius on Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
PAG-ASA warned Monday that a new tropical storm, internationally known as Melor (locally named as Quedan), with peak winds of 205 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of 250 kph would pull back Pepeng that Saturday at about 2 p.m. made a landfall in Cagayan Province.
It reported on Tuesday that Pepeng plodded back toward Northern Luzon after tarrying for the past two days in the South China Sea off Northwestern Luzon and was monitored packing peak winds of 105 kph and gustiness of 135 kph.
While Pepeng got back in Northern Luzon, Davao City experienced a maximum temperature of 35.6 degrees Celsius at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.
PAG-ASA said the city's temperature was seen rising above the usual level (at 32 degrees Celsius) at about 11:00 a.m. when it was registered at 32. 6 degrees Celsius. It went up to 33.6 degrees Celsius by 12 noon; continued to rise to 34.1 degrees Celsius at 1:00 p.m.; and reached its peak at 35.6 degrees Celsius at 3:00 p.m.
"This is unusual," noted Bathan who said that Davao City 's temperature normally settles at 32 degrees Celsius.
When Typhoon Pepeng weakened its strength Wednesday and became a mere tropical depression as reported by PAG-ASA, Davao City's temperature moved back to its usual level from 33.2 degrees Celsius at 12 noon, Wednesday to 32 degrees Celsius at 1:00 p.m. on the same day.
As of yesterday Davao City 's peak temperature reached 31.8 degrees Celsius as cloudy skies developed over the city, PAG-ASA said. (PIA XI) [top]