While people expect for the heat to turn up during summer months, the heat has been more intense nowadays. Well, it turns out Metro Manila is really heating up more than usual lately. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the heat index in Metro Manila this week will be between 39 to 41 degrees Celsius.
Yup, that’s why it can be extra challenging to work out or even just stay put without sweating up a storm nowadays. It’s not just in your head. Hence, PAG-ASA recommends that people stay indoors as much as possible.
“Talagang napakainit po, panahon na ng tag-init dito sa ating bansa kaya as much as possible kung walang gagawin sa labas ay manatili lang sa loob ng bahay (It’s really hot, it’s summer time in our country, and that’s why if you’re not doing anything outside, you should stay indoors),” PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said.
To put things into perspective, a temperature range of 32 to 41 degrees Celsius means you should practice “extreme caution” as it’s possible to get heat cramps and exhaustion. 41 to 54 degrees is already in the “danger” zone, where in heat cramps and exhaustion are ‘likely’ and heat stroke is ‘probable.’ To date, the highest heat index in the country this year of 52 degrees was recorded on May 14, 2PM, in Dagupan City.
Hence, you should look for creative ways to beat the blistering Manila heat. The temperature rising in the Metro is the perfect excuse to try refreshing and colorful drinks. If cranking up the air con all day isn’t feasible in your household, you can still keep yourself refreshed all day. It looks like things are still heating up, so you should keep your cool while staying safe at the comforts of your home.