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PAGASA: Heat Index Reaches ‘Dangerous Level’ in 14 Areas in the Philippines

pagasa heat index reaches dangerous level in 14 areas in the philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — At least 14 areas in the Philippines endured a “dangerous” heat index on Saturday, reaching temperatures between 42 and 46 degrees Celsius, as reported by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte recorded the highest heat index of 46 degrees Celsius at 1 p.m. on May 13, topping the list of affected areas. Other areas experiencing the “danger” heat include:

  • Butuan City in Agusan del Norte: 45 °C
  • Zamboanga City: 45 °C 
  • Dagupan City: 43 °C
  • Davao City: 43 °C
  • Pasay City: 42 °C
  • Nueva Ecija province: 42 °C
  • Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur: 42 °C
  • Juban in Sorsogon: 42 °C
  • Iba town in Zambales: 42 °C
  • Maasin City in Southern Leyte: 42 °C
  • Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental: 42 °C
  • Roxas City in Capiz: 42 °C
  • San Jose town in Occidental Mindoro: 42 °C

PAGASA highlighted that the impact of the “danger” heat index on the body includes heat cramps, exhaustion, and the potential for heat stroke with prolonged exposure. Notably, Legazpi City recorded the highest heat index of 50 degrees Celsius on Friday, the highest recorded between March 1 and May 13, 2023.

Among the other areas experiencing extreme heat index temperatures were Butuan City in Agusan del Norte and Guiuan town in Eastern Samar, both reaching 49 degrees Celsius, Catbalogan City in Western Samar at 48 degrees Celsius, and San Jose in Occidental Mindoro at 47 degrees Celsius.

PAGASA weather specialist Obet Badrina emphasized the influence of the intertropical convergence zone on southern Mindanao, while predicting high temperatures across Metro Manila and the rest of the country. Badrina also mentioned the likelihood of localized thunderstorms bringing some relief through rainfall.

Badrina further stated that PAGASA does not anticipate any tropical cyclones in the coming days, with no low-pressure areas or potential cyclones being monitored. However, the agency expects at least two typhoons in May and June, as well as two to three typhoons in July, August, and September 2023.

In the face of rising temperatures and the potential risks they pose, it is essential for everyone to prioritize personal safety by staying hydrated, seeking shade, and avoiding excessive exposure to the scorching heat.  – WhatALife!/Jayve

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Also read: PAGASA Raises El Niño Alert from June to August 2023

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