The Philippines has experienced its worst heat wave in nearly two decades.
Temperatures in Manila reached 107 degrees Celsius on Monday, according to the country’s National Weather Service.
In the capital, Manila, there were high winds of nearly 70 kilometers per hour and the temperature was expected to climb to 107 degrees before the end of the week, the NWS said.
The city’s air quality index soared to 140, which is above the national limit.
It was the first time that the city has recorded that number of readings since 1995.
The temperature soared even higher in the northern parts of the country, including in the capital.
“We are experiencing record heat waves,” the NNS said in a statement on Monday.
“While the heat wave is still in the early stages, it is not far from reaching dangerous levels of extreme heat and humidity.”
The capital city was already experiencing severe weather, with the death toll rising to more than 1,000 and many houses destroyed, according the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
“The intensity of the heat is reaching dangerous and unprecedented levels in many areas,” the agency said in its statement.
In a separate development, authorities in Manila said that the death count in the city rose to 658 on Monday from the previous day.
“It is now a record high in Manila, which also marks a record for the city,” the local disaster management agency said.
“With over 300 people dead and more than 2,000 people missing, Manila is experiencing unprecedented levels of heat and air pollution,” it said.
Another local disaster agency, the Philippine National Disaster Reduction and Mitigation Authority (PNDRMA), said that more than 100 people had been killed in the past 48 hours, with more than 20,000 others needing hospitalization.
It also reported that more people have died as a result of the drought, with at least 1,700 missing and 1,300 missing and wounded.