The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) identified the highest temperature recorded on Saturday, April 30 in Dagupan—marking the 50-degree celsius heat index.
The temperature was recorded at 5 p.m., according to the state weather bureau. The heat index, also known as the “init factor,” is a measurement of how hot a person feels in comparison to the actual air temperature.
According to PAGASA, the highest heat index recorded in Dagupan City from March 1 to April 30 was 54°C on April 22 at 2 p.m.
The weather bureau classifies areas with heat indexes ranging from 42° C to 51° C as “danger,” and areas with heat indexes of 52° C or higher as “extreme danger.”
Residents may experience heat cramps and heat exhaustion if the heat index remains in the danger zone, according to PAGASA, and heat stroke is possible if the heat index remains in the danger zone. Heat stroke is imminent in high-risk areas.
Other places with heat indexes above 40 degrees Celsius include Aparri, Cagayan (46° C at 5 p.m.); Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (44° C at 2 p.m.); Casiguran, Aurora (42° C at 2 p.m.); and NAIA, Pasay City (42ºC at 1 p.m.).
The PAGASA meanwhile also urged people to drink plenty of water and avoid excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol.
SOURCE: GMA News