Heat Index in Metro Manila Soars to "Extreme Caution" Zone

2020 keeps on surprising us, it seems.

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(SPOT.ph) Since August started, we've seen six weather systems come and go in the Philippines. Tropical depression Dindo intensified into a tropical storm on August 1, which was followed by Enteng, Ferdie, Gener, and Helen. The latest was tropical storm Igme, which left our borders over the weekend (August 23). But after days of non-stop monsoon rains, it seems we're back in "the bad place" as heat index in Metro Manila hits 39°C today, August 25—the same thing we've experienced during the dry season in April. It's not as high as the 44-degree heat index on May 7, but the wet season usually starts in June.

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The recorded temperature at the Science Garden in Quezon City was at 32.5°C as of 2 p.m. with a humidity of 61.8%. When computed through the NOAA Heat Index Calculator, this gives a measure of 39°C. Back on July 2which was also well into the rainy season, heat index in Dagupan City reached an all-time high of 60°C.

Heat index, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, 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.

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