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Heat index to reach dangerous level in 10 areas on Easter

At least 10 areas in the Philippines will experience a dangerous level of heat index on Easter Sunday, according to the forecast released by PAGASA on Saturday afternoon.

As of 5 p.m. on Saturday, the following areas were predicted to have a heat index of 42 degrees Celsius or higher: 

  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay City: 42°C
  • Dagupan City, Pangasinan: 43°C
  • MMSU, Batac, Ilocos Norte: 42°C
  • Aparri, Cagayan: 42°C
  • Puerto Princesa, Palawan: 42°C
  • Aborlan, Palawan: 42°C
  • Iloilo City, Iloilo: 42°C
  • Dumangas, Iloilo: 42°C
  • Catarman, Northern Samar: 43°C
  • Butuan City, Agusan del Norte: 42°C

Meanwhile, BSU in La Trinidad, Benguet, will have the lowest heat index at 25°C.

On Saturday, six areas reached a dangerous level of heat index. 

  • Dagupan City: 44°C
  • Catarman, Northern Samar: 43°C
  • NAIA, Pasay City: 42°C
  • Batac, Ilocos Norte: 42°C
  • Aparri, Cagayan: 42°C
  • Iloilo City: 42°C

Heat index refers to the apparent temperature felt by a person when the air temperature and relative humidity are combined. 

A heat index between 42°C and 51°C is considered "dangerous" by PAGASA.

Under a dangerous heat index, heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely, while heat stroke is probable with continued exposure.

PAGASA earlier advised the public to limit their outdoor activity, remain hydrated, and wear protective gear to avoid any heat-related illnesses resulting from the anticipated dangerous temperatures. — VBL, GMA Integrated News