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Heat index breaches 50-degree Celsius

12 April 2019

Metro Manila stews in the summer sun.

The heat index in Dagupan City, Pangasinan reached 51.7 degrees Celsius at 2 p.m. on Tuesday as most parts of the Philippines continued to experience warmer weather this summer.

Heat index refers to the temperature as felt by the human body. It is usually higher by at least two to three degrees Celsius than the actual air temperature.

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country will continue to experience warmer weather until May.

In Metro Manila, the highest heat index was recorded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City at 42 degrees Celsius.


In view of this, PAGASA warned the public against heat exhaustion or heat stroke and came out with advisories for more water intake and wearing of lightweight an ligh-colored clothes.

With the heat index expected to increase this summer, the Department of Health (DOH) asked the public to observe caution when swimming in public pools.

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Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said dirty water from unmaintained public swimming pools can cause skin diseases and sore eyes.

“If a person has sore eyes or skin infection and they swim, the bacteria or virus can spread in the pool so it’s possible for more people to be infected and an epidemic is likely to occur in the area,” Domingo said.


He said a person with skin disease should refrain from swimming because the wounds or rashes may be infected.

The DOH said administrators of public swimming pools should be on guard against individuals manifesting symptoms of sore eyes and skin infections. 

Domingo asked the public to be wary of summer diseases such as heat stroke, chicken pox, measles, rabies and dengue.


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