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Hottest day reaches 40°C

March 25 - 31, 2017

MAASIN CITY - People should exercise extreme caution when staying outdoors this summer due to recent daytime temperatures which reached a health threatening 40 degrees celsius (40°C), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) office at the capitol hills.

In its forecast, Pagasa said the maximum heat index reached a scorching 40°C last March 22 (Wednesday), which the weather bureau reported was the hottest day so far this year in the entire Southern Leyte province.

The 40°C heat index last March 22 is just a degree below from what is considered as the “danger zone” temperature range of 41°C- 54°C according to Pagasa Officer-in-Charge Aldrin Kaindoy.

Kaindoy said heat index is also known as the human discomfort index and indicates what a given temperature feels like to the human body.

Citing studies, Pagasa noted a heat index of 40°C means people must already take extreme caution as they’re at risk for possible occurrence of heat cramps and heat exhaustion.“Full exposure to sunshine during heat peak hours (11am-2pm) may increase the possibility of heat stroke and other illnesses for those who are not physically fit,” the advisory said.

Kaindoy said that present data show that there is a possibility that temperatures might soar higher this coming mid-April and May as a result of the El Niño phenomenon.

Pagasa is advising the public that in order to protect their health, people must stay indoors as much as possible during sunny days, and to wear lightweight and light-colored clothing.

Regular intake of water is advised during hot days to keep the body’s core temperature stable.

“Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat season—avoid drinking liquor because it dehydrates the body,” Kaindoy concluded. (BY: DAHLIA ORIT)






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