By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The heat index in Aparri, Cagayan has reached an “extremely dangerous” level at 57.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday afternoon, the highest heat index so far this year.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather station in Aparri, Cagayan recorded the 57.6 degrees Celsius heat index around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
This surpassed the 52.2 degrees Celsius in Virac, Catanduanes last May 8.
Heat index is the “apparent” temperature or what human perceive or feel as the temperature affects their body.
It is a combination of air temperature and humidity, thus it is higher by at least 2 to 3 degrees Celsius from the actual air temperature reading.
PAGASA said that a heat index over 54 degrees Celsius is considered extremely dangerous as “heat stroke is imminent” among individuals.
This Wednesday, PAGASA said the ridge of high-pressure area or an anti-cyclone weather system in the eastern section of Luzon will continue to bring warm weather over most parts of the country.
The whole country will have warm weather in the morning until early afternoon, with chances of rain showers due to localized thunderstorms in the late afternoon or early evening.
PAGASA warned of possible flash floods or landslides over low-lying and mountainous areas throughout the country, especially during severe thunderstorms.