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Too hot for you? Heat index hits 41 Celsius in Metro Manila

/ 06:57 PM May 21, 2015
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A group of children frolic in Manila Bay along Navotas to beat the summer heat. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

The heat index on Thursday reached to a scorching 41 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila, the state weather bureau said.

Gener Quitlong, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, said by phone that the highest temperature in Metro Manila on Thursday was at 35 degrees Celsius at 1:50 p.m.

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The heat index, which is determined on the combined effects of temperature and humidity, hit 41 degrees Celsius.

Pagasa defines heat index as human discomfort index that gives the “apparent” temperature or what persons perceive or feel as the temperature affecting their body. High air temperatures and high relative humidity will give high apparent temperatures or indices.

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With 41 degrees Celsius, this is categorized as “danger” by the state weather bureau.

Heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely and heat stroke is probable with continued activity.

Hotter days ahead are still expected as summer is still far from over, Quitlong said. ABC

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