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Metro Manila heat index may hit 41 degrees this week, says PAGASA

By Bim Santos Published May 17, 2021 9:46 am

Stay indoors, wear lightweight clothing, and drink lots of water as the summer heat is poised to bear down further this week.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the heat index in Metro Manila this week will be between 39 to 41 degrees Celsius.

Due to the high heat index this week, PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said in a DZMM interview that people should stay indoors as much as possible.

“Talagang napakainit po, panahon na ng tag-init dito sa ating bansa kaya as much as possible kung walang gagawin sa labas ay manatili lang sa loob ng bahay,” Perez said.

The highest heat index this year of 52 degrees was recorded on May 14, 2 pm, in Dagupan City.

The heat index is a measure of the contribution that high humidity makes with higher than usual temperatures in reducing the body’s ability to cool itself.

A temperature range of 32 to 41 degrees Celsius carries an “extreme caution” advisory, with heat cramps and exhaustion being “possible,” 41 to 54 degrees are classified as “danger” zone with heat cramps and heat exhaustion “likely” and heat stroke “probable” with continued activity, while over 54 degrees is “extreme danger” with heat stroke “imminent.”