Hell is coming? Metro Manila heat index rises to 44°C

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) sent out a warning on May 1 that we may start experiencing higher temperatures this month.

“We could experience the hottest or maximum temperature,” Ana Liza Solis, PAGASA’s chief of climate monitoring and prediction, said.

Looks like it’s already happening.

Today, the temperature recorded at the Science Garden in Quezon City is at 37°C as of 2:05 p.m. Though it may appear average, it gets worse when you consider the afternoon’s relative humidity at 46%. The heat index is said to 44°C, which is considered within the danger zone.

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The temperature recorded in Dagupan City, Pangasinan is even higher with a heat index of 51°C at 2 PM. This is the highest Philippine temperature recorded in 2020 so far.

According to PAGASA, the heat index is the “human discomfort index that gives the apparent temperature or what humans perceive or feel like the temperature affecting their body.”

“High air temperatures and high relative humidity will give high apparent temperatures or indices. Full exposure to sunshine can increase the heat index by 8°C.”

So, if you felt scorching hot today and was sweating profusely, you have the temperature to blame.

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