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Heat index could hit 'danger' level in 14 areas on Good Friday, PAGASA warns

MANILA, Philippines — State weather bureau PAGASA reported on Good Friday that the heat index in 14 areas across the Philippines might reach "danger" levels.

In its 5 a.m. forecast on Thursday, the agency noted that certain areas could see a heat index soaring up to 44 degrees Celsius (°C).

The heat index, also referred to as the apparent temperature, factors in both relative humidity and the actual air temperature, providing a measure of how hot it feels.

Under the "danger" classification, temperatures range from 42°C to 51°C, posing risks of heat-related ailments such as heat cramps or heat exhaustion, as warned by PAGASA.

A heat stroke, on the other hand, might be also be probable with continued sun exposure.

The following are the areas under the “danger” level:

PAGASA advised the public to reduce outdoor activities, stay hydrated and avoid certain beverages to prevent heat-related illnesses.

The agency also advised the public to use umbrellas, hats, and wear sleeved clothing when outdoors, and to schedule strenuous activities for cooler times of the day.

The state weather bureau formally declared the beginning of the dry season on March 23, indicating the conclusion of the amihan, or prevailing northeast monsoon, which had led to decreased temperatures nationwide.