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PAGASA: Tuguegarao heat index within danger level

by Kiko Cueto

CAN you feel the heat?

State weather forecasters warned that the heat can be more than expected as Tuguegarao City in Cagayan now has a heat index that is well within the “danger” level, with the effects of the El Niño phenomenon in the country.

According to PAGASA, as of Tuesday afternoon, Tuguegarao recorded a 42 degree Celsius of heat index.

Among the likely experiences that may be felt include heat cramps and heat exhaustion, particularly those experiencing a danger level heat index, which is from 42 to 51 degrees Celsius, according to PAGASA. 

Also included as a worse case scenario is heat stroke due to prolonged exposure.

Aside from Tuguegarao, other areas that experienced a danger level heat index this March include Bacnotan, La Union; Calapan, Oriental Mindoro; Coron, Palawan; and Cotabato City, Maguindanao.

The Heat Index is being measured for the temperature that a person feels, which is different from the actual air temperature. 

It is computed by factoring in the humidity as well as the air temperature.

According to PAGASA among the symptoms of heat-related illnesses include sweating heavily; exhaustion or fatigue; dizziness or lightheadedness; blacking out or feeling dizzy when standing; weak but fast pulse; feeling of nausea and vomiting.

Likewise, PAGASA said that to prevent heat-related illnesses, they encouraged the public to limit their time spent outdoors, and drink plenty of water.

They also asked the public to avoid tea, coffee, soda as well as liquor.

They should also use umbrellas, hats, and sleeved clothing outdoors.



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