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PAGASA urges public vigilance amid rising heat index

By Seiryl Dumagonot and Mara Cervantes/UM Interns


THE PHILIPPINE Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) emphasized the need to take precautionary measures as El Niño and the searing heat will persist until May.

During the AgriBiz Media Forum at SM Lanang, PAGASA Davao chief meteorological officer, Lolita L. Vinalay, stated that the El Niño for March-April-May season has weakened according to the 170th Climate Outlook Forum on March 20.

Meanwhile, Vinalay added that Davao City recorded a heat index of 40 degrees as of March 28, 2024, with forecasts indicating sustained high temperatures until April 3, 2024.

Vinalay urged vigilance, particularly among farmers, advising them to avoid too much sun exposure between 10 am and 3 pm.

Ato lang kanunay ginapahinumdom sa atung kaigsuonan na magbinantayon ug mag alerto (We are just reminding everyone to be alert and vigilant),” she said.

She also mentioned the importance of staying hydrated to prevent heat-related illnesses such as cramps and potentially life-threatening heatstrokes.


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