Another heat index record, also called the human discomfort index, was set for the second time in less than two weeks amid the lurking El Niño.
Fourteen of Pagasa’s 53 weather stations around the country also recorded a maximum heat index of at least 41 degrees Celsius last Monday. On this level of heat index, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are possible by prolonged activity under the sun.
Thirty six other weather stations recorded a maximum heat index from 32 to 41 degrees. Citizens are advised to be extremely cautious against heat-related illness.
Pagasa also released a five-day forecast for selected cities showing the highest heat index would be felt in Tuguegarao City this week.