By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday cautioned the public over the high summer heat.
Based on weather monitoring yesterday morning, a high pressure area is currently affecting the northern part of Luzon.
Measurements by the Western Visayas weather bureau, which included the entirety of Negros, reported the heat index running between 39 to 41 degrees celsius, which is considered “dangerous” as heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely if exposed to such temperatures for long periods of time.
Residents of the region were also advised moderate rain showers and thunderstorms are likely due to the hot and humid weather.
PAGASA added, the highest heat index recorded was in Sangley Point, Cavite last Sunday with temperatures reaching around 47.7 degrees celsius.
They also noted, based on their five-day weather forecast for the country, most areas are currently under “extreme caution” due to the heat./DGB, WDJ