MANILA, Philippines — Heat index (HI) in Tuguegarao City may reach danger levels this week as State forecasters expect temperature there to surge then, elevating people’s risk for heat stroke and related ailments.
In its outlook released Monday (May 2), State-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecast Tuguegarao to experience the highest maximum temperature and HI among major Philippine cities this week.
PAGASA expects maximum temperature in Tuguegarao to reach 37°C on Tuesday (May 3) and 38°C on Wednesday (May 4), Thursday (May 5) and Friday (May 6) amid continuing simultaneous onslaught of the dry season and drought-driving El Nino phenomenon.
The corresponding maximum HIs there may hit 40.3°C on Tuesday, 40.7°C on Wednesday, 41.5°C on Thursday and 41.4°C on Friday, warned PAGASA.
Despite such forecast, PAGASA still expects Tuguegarao toexperience some relief from the anticipated partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with rain showers and/or thunderstorms there this week.
According to PAGASA, HI is the human discomfort index indicating the temperature people perceive or feel as affecting their bodies.
PAGASA said HIs of 32°C to 41°C necessitates extreme caution against possible heat cramps and heat exhaustion.
“Continuing activity could result in heat stroke,” PAGASA noted.
HIs between 41°C and 54°C already spell danger as heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely to occur, PAGASA continued.
“Heat stroke is probable with continued activity,” PAGASA also said.
PAGASA continues urging people to avoid staying outdoors as much as possible, particularly from 12 noon to around 3 p.m., noting temperature and HIs are usually highest during these hours.
“If air conditioning isn’t available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine,” PAGASA also advised people.
Authorities are likewise advising people to wear lightweight and light-colored clothing.
They also recommend drinking water regularly to keep the body cool.
According to PAGASA, El Nino already entered its decaying stage and may end by mid-2016. Catherine Teves/PNA/northboundasia.com