MANILA, Philippines – If the heat in the past days already felt unbearable, Metro Manila residents should brace for an even hotter weekend as state weather bureau PAGASA warned that “apparent” temperatures could rise up to 40˚C.
PAGASA on Friday morning, May 22, released its 5-day heat index for 13 areas.
The heat index, according to PAGASA, refers to the “apparent” temperature or what humans perceive or feel as the temperature affecting their body. A high index is a result of high air temperatures and high relative humidity.
|EFFECTS OF HEAT INDEX IN OUR BODY|
|T in Celsius||T in Farenheit||Heat Index (Human Discomfort Index)|
Fatigue is possible with prolonged exposure and activity.
Continuing activity could result to heat cramps.
Heat cramps and heat exhaustion are possible.
Continuing activity could result to heat stroke.
Heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely;
Heat stroke is probable with continued activity.
|Over 54°C||Over 130°F||Extreme Danger
Heat stroke is imminent.
Metro Manila could experience a heat index of up to 40.2˚C on Friday, 40.1˚C on Saturday, May 23, and 39.2˚C on Sunday, May 24.
At least for the next 5 days, the forecast shows Tuguegarao City could experience the highest heat index in the country at 40.8˚C on Saturday.
|Heat Index||FRIDAY, MAY 22|
|Puerto Princesa City||29.6˚C||39.4˚C|
|Cagayan De Oro City||26.8˚C||36.3˚C|
|Heat Index||SATURDAY, MAY 23|
|Puerto Princesa City||29.5˚C||39.1˚C|
|Cagayan De Oro City||26.7˚C||36.5˚C|
|Heat Index||SUNDAY, MAY 24|
|Puerto Princesa City||29.4˚C||38.4˚C|
|Cagayan De Oro City||26.5˚C||36.1˚C|
|Heat Index||MONDAY, MAY 25|
|Puerto Princesa City||29.4˚C||38.6˚C|
|Cagayan De Oro City||27.0˚C||37.0˚C|
|Heat Index||TUESDAY, MAY 26|
|Puerto Princesa City||29.4˚C||38.1˚C|
|Cagayan De Oro City||28.0˚C||37.3˚C|
How can Filipinos beat the heat? PAGASA gave the following tips:
- Stay indoors as much as possible, if air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out, of the sunshine.
- Wear lightweight and light colored clothing. Light colors will reflect the sun’s energy.
- Drink plenty of water regularly. The body needs water to keep cool.
- Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Avoid drinking liquor because it dehydrates the body.
- Eat small meals; however, eat more often. Avoid eating food high in protein which can increase metabolic heat.
Do you have other ways to keep it cool this summer? Tell us in the comments section below. – Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler.com
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