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Metro Manila sizzles to ‘dangerous’ level of 42 °C

/ 05:55 PM May 06, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Feeling fried? It’s no surprise as the state weather bureau recorded a scorching 42 °C heat index for Metro Manila at the Science Garden in Quezon City on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the 42 °C heat index is equivalent to 36.8 °C air temperature. It also said the heat index at the Science Garden peaked at around 3:50 p.m.

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The heat index, Pagasa explained, measures human discomfort based on the actual temperature felt by the body.

Pagasa said May 6’s record matches the highest heat index in Metro Manila this year, which was recorded on April 22.

Heat indices of 41 °C to 54 °C are considered “dangerous” and poses health risks such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion, with a heatstroke probable with continued physical activity.

High heat indexes were also recorded from Pagasa’s other stations nationwide with Butuan City at 53 °C; Ambulong, Tanauan City, and Sangley Point in Cavite City at 51 °C; and Clark, Pampanga, Maasin City, Science City of Muñoz, and NAIA in Pasay City at 46 °C.

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