PAGASA records ‘extreme danger’ heat index in Southern Leyte on June 8

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported an "extreme danger" heat index level in Maasin, Southern Leyte, on Saturday, June 8.

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The heat index in Maasin City was 53 degrees Celsius (°C) on Saturday, slightly lower than the highest heat index recorded this year of 55°C on May 26 and 28 in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

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PAGASA said a heat index above 52°C indicates “extreme danger” as “heat stroke is imminent.”

Meanwhile, the state weather bureau recorded a heat index of 46°C in Virac (Synop), Catanduanes, followed by 44°C in Aparri, Cagayan; Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; Casiguran, Aurora; Masbate City, Masbate; and Mambusao, Capiz.

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Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Pasay City, Metro Manila; ISU Echague, Isabela; Juban, Sorsogon; Catbalogan, Samar; Tacloban City, Leyte; and Dipolog, Zamboanga Del Norte had a 43°C heat index.

PAGASA added that 42°C was felt in Dagupan City, Pangasinan; Bacnotan, La Union; Alabat, Quezon; Iloilo City, Iloilo; Siquijor, Siquijor; Borongan, Eastern Samar; Davao City, Davao Del Sur; Surigao City, Surigao Del Norte; and Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte.

On June 8, 21 areas have heat indeces in the “danger” category.