MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) advised the public of a heat index surge of up to 43 degrees celsius.
The heat index will be felt across the country and mostly in Luzon. PAGASA’s chief of climate impact assessment and application, Dr. Marcelino Villafuerte 2nd, stated during the “Laging Handa” public briefing on PTV4 that hotter temperatures, particularly in Luzon areas, may be experienced.
PAGASA recorded a 60°C heat index in Casiguran on Monday. Villafuerte said that heat indexes would be reaching danger levels in Luzon. PAGASA recorded a 40°C heat index in Quezon City and 43°C at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
“The public should take precautions against adverse effects of the high heat index,” Villafuerte stated.
“We hope that the 60°C (heat index) will not be perceived based on its magnitude but rather on its possible impact on health.”
“As much as possible, limit outdoor activities, but if it is really necessary, make sure to cover your body against the sun and keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water to avoid heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and even heart stroke,” Villafuerte added.
Villafuerte advised others to drink water regularly to not have risk of getting heatstroke. Outdoor activities should be done late afternoon or early in the morning to avoid severe heat.
Although he noted that its strong impact can be felt in the last months of the year and up until the first quarter of 2024, the PAGASA official claimed that the current condition could be related to the effect of the El Nino phenomenon. – WhatALife!/Zain