What Rainy Season? Heat Index in Dagupan Reaches 60°C

We're definitely still in the "bad place."

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(SPOT.ph) The rainy season may have officially started on June 12, but it looks like the weather is really playing with with us. Heat index in Dagupan City, Pangasinan reached an all-time high of 60°C as of 2 p.m. on July 2, according to an article by Inquirer Northern Luzon as reported by the region's Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration station. This recorded temperature is already within the range of "Extreme Danger," where experiencing "heat stroke is imminent."

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Pangasinan already experienced an alarming heat index of 55°C on June 6, but most of the country's top heat index values were recorded in May—which is well within the Philippines' dry season. The weather agency predicted that about two to four tropical cyclones may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in July.

Heat index, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), is the "human discomfort index that gives the apparent temperature or what human perceive or feel as the temperature affecting their body." High air temperature and high humidity give high apparent temperature or high heat index. A heat index between 32°C and 41°C (“Extreme Caution”) may likely cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion, while indices from 41°C to 54°C is already in the “Danger” zone.

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