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PAGASA: Heat index in 8 areas to reach danger levels

MANILA, Philippines — The heat index in eight areas in the country is forecast to reach dangerous levels today, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

PAGASA said the heat index could range between 42 and 44 degrees Celcius in several areas, including Metro Manila.

The dangerous heat index level is also forecast in Calapan in Mindoro; Puerto Princesa and Aborlan in Palawan;
Roxas City and Mambusao in Capiz and Iloilo City and Dumangas in Iloilo.

The heat index reached 47 degrees in Appari in Cagayan on Friday and an even higher 48 degrees in Roxas City last Wednesday.

Under this level, heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely, with heat stroke probable with continued exposure.

PAGASA advised the public to limit time spent outdoors or wear protective clothing when outside and drink plenty of water.

PAGASA officially declared the start of the dry season in the country on March 22 with the termination of the northeast monsoon.

State weather forecasters said the effect of the El Niño phenomenon will continue to be felt alongside the drier season, with higher temperatures expected in the months of April and May.

PAGASA said that easterlies are still affecting the eastern section of the country.

Partly cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to the easterlies or localized thunderstorms are expected over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.