Dangerous heat index hits 17 areas on Wednesday

dangerous heat index hits 17 areas on wednesday

Dangerous heat index hits 17 areas on Wednesday

MANILA, Philippines — Seventeen areas in the Visayas and Mindanao experienced a dangerous heat index on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Heat index refers to the measure of the contribution that high humidity makes with abnormally high temperatures in reducing the body’s ability to cool itself.

A heat index ranging from 42 degrees celsius to 51 degrees celsius is automatically considered by Pagasa under the “danger category.”

Once it reaches the danger category, it may cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke during continued exposure.

Based on Pagasa’s latest computed heat index as of April 17, 5:00 p.m., the following areas registered a dangerous heat index:

  1. Dagupan City, Pangasinan – 44ºC
  2. Batac, La Union – 42ºC
  3. Bacnotan, La Union – 42ºC
  4. Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – 42ºC
  5. Echague, Isabela – 42ºC
  6. Sangley Point, Cavite – 42ºC
  7. Ambulong, Tanauan Batangas – 43ºC
  8. Coron, Palawan – 42ºC
  9. San Jose, Occidental Mindoro – 42ºC
  10. Puerto Princesa, Palawan – 44ºC
  11. Aborlan, Palawan – 44ºC
  12. Virac, Catanduanes – 42ºC
  13. Roxas City, Capiz r – 42ºC
  14. Iloilo City, Iloilo – 42ºC
  15. Dumangas, Iloilo – 43ºC
  16. Catarman, Northern Samar – 44ºC
  17. Guiuan, Eastern Samar  – 43ºC
  • Move the person to a shady spot and lie him/her down with legs elevated 
  • If conscious, have them sip cool water
  • Loosen tight clothing, apply cool water to the skin and provide ventilation
  • Apply ice packs to the armpits, wrists, ankles, and groin
  • Bring to hospital immediately

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