What is equinox and why is it NOT reason for the heat we feel?

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the circulating news about the equinox causing high temperatures in the Philippines is not true. They clarified that the reason why it’s hot in the Philippines from March to May is because of high-pressure areas and easterlies.

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Equinox is a phenomenon wherein the sun is directly facing the equator. According to PAGASA, the spring equinox already occurred last March 20. The autumnal equinox, however, won’t happen until September 23.


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On Facebook, they posted that the rumors about an equinox happening in the next five days are completely FALSE. They also clarified that we are not yet experiencing a heatwave. A heatwave happens when the maximum temperature for five consecutive days is higher than the average maximum temperature by 5°C.

With this, they still reminded people to drink water often and to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid getting heatstroke.

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