Dagupan heat index hits dangerous level

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 9) — The heat index reached dangerous levels in Dagupan, Pangasinan Tuesday.

According to data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the heat index reached 51.7 degrees Celsius at 2 p.m.

The heat index measures the actual temperature felt by people by factoring in the humidity levels in the area.

Without factoring in humidity, the dry-bulb temperature in Dagupan was at 36.7 degrees Celsius.

The summer capital of Baguio had the lowest heat index at 27.8 degrees Celsius.

Based on PAGASA data, a heat index between 41 to 54 degrees Celsius could have dangerous effects on the human body, including heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke is also probable.

A heat index above 54 degrees Celsius would be considered extremely dangerous, with a high chance of heat strokes.

People should exercise extreme caution in areas with a heat index between 32 to 41 degrees Celsius, as heat cramps and heat exhaustion are possible, and continued activity could result in a heat stroke.

Based on PAGASA forecasts, the heat index in Dagupan will peak at 39.2 degrees Celsius, while the heat index in Baguio will peak at 29.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.