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Warning! Metro Manila, 23 other face dangerous heat index 

by Kiko Cueto

STATE weather forecasters warned Filipinos in Metro Manila and 23 other areas in the country are under what is called a danger heat index.

According to the Philippine Astronomical Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA, they forecast the heat index to be at 42 degrees Celsius at the NAIA, Pasay City station.

Meanwhile, it is 40 degrees Celsius at the Science Garden in Quezon City.

Metro Manila is among the 24 areas forecasted by PAGASA to experience a dangerous heat index.

Dagupan City in Pangasinan again had the highest heat index for the day with 46 degrees Celsius.

The other areas which will be having a dangerous heat index level include: Laoag, Ilocos Norte (42°C); Aparri, Cagayan (43°C); Tuguegarao City, Cagayan (42°C); ISU Echague, Isabela (42°C); Clark Airport, Pampanga (42°C); Munoz, Nueva Ecija (42°C); Baler, Aurora (42°C); Casiguran, Aurora (42°C).

Also under the dangerous heat index are: Sangley Point, Cavite (42°C); Ambulong Tanauan, Batangas (42°C); Coron, Palawan (42°C); San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (42°C); Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (42°C); Aborlan, Palawan (43°C); Virac, Catanduanes (42°C); Masbate City, Masbate (42°C); Pili, Camarines Sur (42°C); Roxas City, Capiz (43°C); Iloilo City, Iloilo (43°C); Dumangas, Iloilo (42°C); Catarman, Northern Samar (42°C); Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur (43°C). 

Meanwhile, the temperatures are expected to be higher in the coming days as  the ridge of a high pressure area (HPA) is said to be extending over the eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon on Tuesday,

The heat index measures how hot it really feels when factoring in the relative humidity at a given location.

PAGASA said that for the heat-related illnesses, the public should avoid the following:

  • Limit the time outdoors
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid tea, coffee, soda or liquor
  • Wear umbrellas, hats, sleeved clothing outdoors
  • Schedule heavy-duty activities at start or end of the day when it’s cooler


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