Pagasa warns public: Brace for hotter days
MANILA, Philippines — The hot season is not yet over and is about to get hotter in the next few weeks, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Wednesday.
Pagasa weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the peak of summer season happens on the third week of April and ends on the second week of May.
“Well, it’s only about to get hotter. Based on our history and my experience as a weather forecaster, the high temperature falls on the third or last week of April until the first or second week of May,” Aurelio, speaking in Filipino, said in an interview over AM radio station DZMM.
In Metro Manila, the heat index on Wednesday reached 39°C at the Science Garden in Quezon City and 41.4°C in Pasay City.
According to Pagasa’s heat index board, the highest heat index reported today was at 48.8°C in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, at around 2 p.m.
A total of 17 areas reported a heat index considered at the “danger” level. Pagasa considers a heat index to be dangerous once it hits 41°C and above.
Following are the areas that reported a heat index at the “danger” level:
- Dagupan City, Pangasinan: 48.8°C
- Casiguran, Aurora; 45.9°C
- Guiuan, Eastern Samar: 45.1°C
- Infanta, Quezon: 44.7°C
- Cuyo, Palawan: 44.2°C
- Ambulong, Batangas: 43.7°C
- Tayabas City, Quezon: 43.2°C
- Baler, Aurora: 43.1°C
- Tuguegarao City, Cagayan: 42.2°C
- Roxas City, Capiz: 41.9°C
- Sangley Point, Cavite: 41.8°C
- Virac, Catanduanes: 41.6°C
- General Santos City, South Cotabato: 41.4°C
- Pasay City, Metro Manila: 41.4°C
- Iba, Zambales: 41.3°C
- Aparri, Cagayan: 41°C
- Laoag City, Ilocos Norte: 41°C
Pagasa advised the public to stay indoors as much as possible, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, and drink water regularly to keep cool.
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