Is This a Throwback to Summer? Today's Heat Index in Metro Manila Hits 41°C

Is it dry season again?

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(SPOT.ph) The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration announced in August that La Niña is likely to occur in the country as early as September with a 60% probability. This is supposed to mean greater chances of heavy rains and thunderstorms towards the end of the year. But it looks like the weather has other things in mind as heat index in Metro Manila hits 41°C today, September 4.

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The recorded temperature at the Science Garden in Quezon City was at 33.7°C as of 1 p.m. with a humidity of 58.9%. When computed through the NOAA Heat Index Calculator, this gives a measure of 41°C. On August 25, after a whole week of rain, the Philippine capital recorded a heat index of 39°C. On July 2—which was also well into the rainy season, heat index in Dagupan City reached an all-time high of 60°C.

A heat index between 32°C and 41°C falls within the "Extreme Caution" zone, which may likely cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion especially if you're walking under the sun. Prolonged activity in this heat could also result in heat stroke. 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.

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