Sun. Jan 16th, 2022

By the Staff

MANILA – The state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) urges the public to drink more water as hot temperatures these past few days are pushing up to dangerous levels it said.

As of Sunday, Pagasa has recorded blisteringly high temperatures in several stations across the country throughout the weekend even as it also warned the high temperature may cause heat cramps, exhaustion and even stroke.

Pagasa reminded the general public to regularly drink water and reduce physical activity during midday to 3 p.m. to prevent heat stress.

“The air temperature in Echague, Isabela reached 40.1°C yesterday, May 9. It was the highest recorded temperature so far this summer,” Pagasa said in a tweet.

On May 10, Pagasa stations recorded the highest temperatures in the following areas:

Echague, Isabela: 40.1°C

Tuguegarao City: 39°C

Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac: 38.7°C

Camiling, Tarlac: 38.6°C

Science City of Munoz 38.5°C

“We could experience the hottest or maximum temperature, possibly of this year, this May. We could get as high as 40 or 41 degrees Celsius in Northern Luzon, usually in Cagayan, Tuguegarao or Isabela areas – the areas that experience this extreme temperature during May,” Ana Liza Solis, chief of PAGASA’s climate monitoring and prediction section said during a climate outlook forum.

Last Saturday the bureau also recorded heat temperatures nearing dangerous levels at the following areas:

Sangley Point, Cavite City 50°C

Science City of Munoz 49°C

Clark, Pampanga 46°C

Dagupan City 46°C

Davao City 45°C

NAIA, Pasay City 45°C

Zamboanga City 45°C

Pagasa added that dangerous heat indices range from 41 to 54°C and this may increase the possibility of heat cramps and heat exhaustion.

This, in turn, can lead to heatstroke when engaged in continuous physical activity. (ia/

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