The heat is still on: 27 areas may have ‘dangerously high’ heat index on May 11

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said 27 areas may still experience a heat index that is considered “dangerous” on Saturday, May 11.

PAGASA warned that a dangerous heat index ranges from 42 degrees Celsius (°C) to 51°C, which means a person is more likely to experience heat-related issues like cramps and exhaustion and a higher chance of heat stroke with continued activity.

The heat index in Virac, Catanduanes may reach 46°C, while it may reach 45°C in Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

Meanwhile, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Aparri, Cagayan; Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; and Roxas City, Capiz may experience a 44°C heat index.

PAGASA added that Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; Isabela State University Station, Echague, Isabela; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; Central Bicol State University of Agriculture-Pili, Camarines Sur; Dumangas, Iloilo; Catarman, Northern Samar; and Guiuan, Eastern Samar may have a heat index of 43°C.

Meanwhile, a 42°C heat index may be recorded in Ninoy Aquino International Airport Station in Pasay City; Sinait, Ilocos Sur; Mariano Marcos State University, Batac, Ilocos Norte; Iba, Zambales; Cubi Pt., Subic Bay, Olongapo City; Sangley Point, Cavite; Cuyo, Palawan; Legazpi City, Albay; Masbate City, Masbate; Iloilo City, Iloilo; Catbalogan, Samar; Tacloban City, Leyte; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur; and Davao City, Davao del Sur.

On April 28, Iba, Zambales recorded the highest heat index this year at 53°C.