Heat index in Eastern Samar reaches 53 °C on Thursday

Heat index in Eastern Samar reaches 53 °C on Thursday

By: - Reporter / @luisacabatoINQ
/ 06:38 PM May 30, 2024

Guiuan, Eastern Samar hits ‘extreme danger’ heat index for 2nd day

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MANILA, Philippines —  The heat index in Guiuan, Eastern Samar reached the “extreme danger” category anew on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Based on the state weather bureau’s data as of 5 p.m., the heat index in Guiuan reached a sizzling 53 °C.


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Last May 26 and 27, the heat index in the area peaked at 55 and 54 °C.

Meanwhile, the following areas also logged heat indices ranging from 42 to 48 °C on the same day:

48 °C

Roxas City, Capiz

47 °C

Catarman, Northern Samar


46 °C

Aparri, Cagayan
Masbate City, Masbate

45 °C

Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
Baler, Aurora
Sangley Point, Cavite
Infanta, Quezon
Alabat, Quezon
Mambusao, Capiz
Iloilo City, Iloilo
Catbalogan, Samar

44 °C

NAIA, Pasay City
Dagupan City, Pangasinan
MMSU in Batac, Ilocos Norte
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
ISU in Echague, Isabela
Iba, Zambales
Casiguran, Aurora
Ambulong in Tanauan, Batangas
San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
Cuyo, Palawan
Daet, Camarines Norte
Dumangas, Iloilo
Maasin, Southern Leyte
Butuan City, Agusan del Norte

43 °C

Bacnotan, La Union
Tayabas City, Quezon
Legazpi City, Albay
Virac, Catanduanes
CBSUA in Pili, Camarines Sur
Tacloban City, Leyte
Zamboanga City

42 °C

Science Garden, Quezon City
Sinait, Ilocos Sur
Calayan, Cagayan
CLSU in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
Cubi Point in Subic Bay, Olongapo City
Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Aborlan, Palawan
Juban, Sorsogon
Siquijor, Siqiujor
VSU in Baybay, Leyte
Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte

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According to Pagasa, heat index is “a measure of the contribution that high humidity makes with abnormally high temperatures in reducing the body’s ability to cool itself.”

Heat indices ranging from 42 to 51 degrees Celsius fall under the “danger” category, and people exposed to these heat indices are prone to heat cramps, exhaustion and even heat stroke with drawn-out exposure.

To prevent the effects of the roasting weather, the state weather bureau said the public must limit time spent outdoors; drink plenty of water; avoid tea, coffee, soda and liquor; use umbrellas, wear hats, and wear sleeved clothing outdoors; and schedule heavy-duty activities on the cooler periods of the day.

It also noted that symptoms of heat-related illnesses include heavy sweating, exhaustion or fatigue, dizziness or lightheadedness, blacking out or feeling dizzy when standing, a weak but fast pulse, nausea, and vomiting.

In cases of emergency, Pagasa advised the public to do the following:

Move the person to a shady spot and lie him or her down with legs elevated.

If conscious, have the person sip cool water.

Remove clothing.

Apply cool water to the skin and provide ventilation.

Apply ice packs to the armpits, wrists, ankles and groin.

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If the condition of the person worsens, bring him or her to a hospital immediately.

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