Pa­gasa: Week­end heat in­dex to hit 40 de­grees

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Michelle Joy L. Pa­day­hag CORRESPONDENT

IF you could hardly stand the heat these days, brace for an even hot­ter week­end ahead.

The Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Pa­gasa) ex­pects the weather tem­per­a­ture to rise to 33 de­grees Cel­sius due to the dry sea­son.

Al­fredo Quiblat Jr., chief of Pa­gasa Mac­tan, said that while the tem­per­a­ture will be at 33 de­grees, the heat in­dex or the ac­tual tem­per­a­ture felt in the body will soar to as high as 40 de­grees Cel­sius.

The heat in­dex is a quan­tity which ex­presses the dis­com­fort felt as a re­sult of the com­bined ef­fects of the tem­per­a­ture and the hu­mid­ity of the air.

“It is ex­pected that the weather tem­per­a­ture will rise in the com­ing days since it is still dry hot sea­son,” Quiblat told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

Based on Pa­gasa mon­i­tor­ing, sear­ing tem­per­a­tures are usu­ally felt in Cebu at around 9 a.m. peak­ing be­tween 1–3 p.m.

No ma­jor weather sys­tems af­fect­ing the ar­chi­pel­ago had been de­tected for the rest of the week which means that there will be a lesser chance of rain over the week­end.

“If it rains, then that is just the ef­fect of thun­der­storms or a wa­ter cy­cle sys­tem,” Quiblat ex­plained.

From April 1 to 21, Pa­gasa Mac­tan recorded 224.9 mil­lime­ters of rain­fall, which is way above nor­mal for the month of April which av­er­ages 50 mil­lime­ters.

‘Avoid too much heat’

For its part, the De­part­ment of Health in Cen­tral Visayas (DOH-7) ad­vised the pub­lic to avoid the heat as much as pos­si­ble, drink lots of wa­ter and stay in well-ven­ti­lated ar­eas to pro­tect against heat stroke.

“In­stead of the stan­dard eight glasses of wa­ter per day, it is ad­vis­able to drink ten to twelve,” said Dr. Joanri Riveral, DOH-7 Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer III, ad­ding that it would be bet­ter to hy­drate with wa­ter rather than ice tea, cof­fee or soft drinks.

“When you drink these, you only sat­isfy your taste buds and it’s not good for your kid­ney too. Wa­ter is bet­ter since it is eas­ier to elim­i­nate from our body,” Dr. Riveral ex­plained.

The symp­toms of heat stroke in­clude pro­fuse sweat­ing, in­tense thirst, dizzi­ness, faint­ing, weak­ness and high blood pres­sure.

The el­derly and peo­ple with ex­ist­ing health con­di­tions are the most sus­cep­ti­ble to suf­fer­ing a stroke.

Dr. Riveral said that although it is best to stay at home, peo­ple at risk of get­ting a heat stroke must bring their medicines with them if they have to leave the house.

Health au­thor­i­ties also ad­vised peo­ple to bring hats and um­brel­las in the af­ter­noon to avoid di­rect ex­po­sure to the sun.

“Don’t for­get to use sun­block to pro­tect your skin from too much heat ex­po­sure,” Dr. Riveral added.


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