The Dry Season Is Here: Metro Manila Heat Index Hit 39°C Yesterday

PAGASA warns hotter temps ahead.

(SPOT.ph) 'Tis the season for ice-cold drinks and air-conditioning—minus the usual beach trips and outings. Your safe stay at home is about to get hotter as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration continues to record climbing temps this summer—whoops, we mean dry season. The weather bureau marked a record-high temp of 35.8°C in Metro Manila yesterday, April 21, with a stifling heat index—a.k.a. the temperature you actually feel—of 39°C.

The data comes from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (PAGASA) Science Garden station in Quezon City. One look at the climbing temperatures the bureau recorded over the past week is enough to have you reaching for that tub of ice cream in the freezer (which we hope actually contains ice cream, for your sake). 

And while the current temps already have us sweating, PAGASA predicts highs of up to 37.9°C in April and May, according to a report by the Philippine Star. Compare that number to last year's data: the hottest temp in Metro Manila was 36.6°C, recorded on April 21, 2019.

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So what's the difference between the heat index and the actual temperature recorded? Well, according to PAGASA, the heat index is directly related to the discomfort you feel. This is the temp people "perceive or feel as the temperature affecting their body" and can depend on the levels of humidity and sun exposure. A heat index of 41°C and up is considered dangerous and could lead to health risks, noted PAGASA in an Inquirer.net report.

With temps climbing and tension going up with the uncertainty of the times, we recommend doing what you can to keep cool! As PAGASA said, "Stay hydrated, stay home, at stay safe po!" And look on the brightside, at least we won't have to see "Vitamin Sea" pics flooding our social-media feeds again anytime soon. 

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