THE heat index in Roxas City, Capiz soared to a “dangerous” level yesterday, peaking at 42.2°C, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The state weather bureau said heat index level at 41°C or higher poses health risks. People exposed to this heat may experience cramps and heat exhaustion.
Heat stroke is also probable for individuals engaged in “continuous activities.”
Aside from Roxas City, PAGASA also listed 14 areas in the country reaching the dangerous level heat index yesterday.
Dagupan City has the highest heat level, recording 47.6°C.
Aparri, Cagayan followed with 43.9°C; Sangley Point, Cavite with 43.8°C; Tuguegarao, Cagayan with 42.9°C; Cotabato City, 42.8°C; Cuyo, Palawan, 42.7°C; and San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, 42.3°C.
Tanauan, Batangas and Maasin, Southern Leyte tied with Roxas City at 42.2°C.
Virac, Catanduanes recorded 42°C; Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, 41.8°C; Casiguran, Aurora, 41.7°C; Tayabas, Quezon, 41.4°C; and Infanta, Quezon, 41.3°C.
The heat index is determined based on actual air temperature combined with relative humidity.
The Department of Health warns the public of diseases associated with the rising temperature this summer.
Among these is heat stroke, the “most severe form of heat illness when the body overheats and cannot cool down,” the DOH said.
Other diseases associated with summer include boils or pigsa, abscess, chickenpox, sore eyes, measles, diarrhea, and cholera.
In relation to this, the DOH advises the public to limit the amount of time spent outdoors; drink plenty of water; avoid tea, coffee, soda, and alcohol; and wear wide-brimmed hats and long- sleeved clothing when outdoors./PN