PAGASA: Danger level heat index to continue in Luzon

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Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned that danger level heat index will continue in certain areas in Luzon.

Marcelino Villafuerte II, the chief of PAGASA’s Climate Impact Assessment and Application Climatology, stated in a public briefing on Tuesday that most areas in Metro Manila, Northern and Central Luzon will still experience danger level heat index.

The bureau recorded a 60°C heat index in Casiguran, Aurora on Monday, which falls under the extreme danger level, indicating that heat stroke is imminent.

Villafuerte urged the public to focus on the possible impact on health rather than the magnitude of the heat index. When it goes beyond 52°C, it is considered an extreme danger level with a high risk of heat stroke.

The high heat index reached danger level last week in some areas in Luzon, including Metro Manila, despite intermittent rainfall.

On Monday, PAGASA recorded a 40°C heat index at the Science Garden in Quezon City, categorized as an extreme caution level, and a 43°C heat index at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, falling under the danger level. These temperatures can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

To minimize the risks, Villafuerte advised the public to drink water regularly and reduce time spent outdoors. It is better to engage in outdoor activities during the late afternoon or early morning, when temperatures are cooler. Continuing intense activities during high heat index levels can result in heat stroke.

With the continuous danger level heat index, it is crucial for individuals to stay hydrated and take necessary precautions to protect themselves from the adverse effects of extreme heat. PAGASA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates and advisories as needed.