15 Apr Temperature in the Philippines Continued To Soar Hitting Dangerous Levels: How About in Cagayan de Oro?
In the past days, the state weather bureau have observed the continuous rising of the temperatures across the country as the actual heat index reached dangerous levels. This heat index or human discomfort index represents the apparent temperature the humans perceive or feel as the temperature affects the body. And the considered dangerous levels for heat index are between 41 to 54 degrees which is likely to cause exhaustion, cramps and heat stroke when continuously exposed to the heat.
Recorded by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Cabanatuan reached a heat index of 52.3 degrees Celsius at 2:00 PM last Tuesday (April 12, 2016) which surpassed its earlier record of 51 degrees Celsius on Monday. A spike of heat index records were also observed in other parts of the country that reached dangerous levels this week. Just like in Science Garden in Quezon City, the heat index reached 45.4 degrees Celsius at 2:00 PM on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the heat index in Clark Airport in Pampanga, Cavite and Butuan City in Agusan del Norte reached 51.9, 50.2 and 46.7 degrees, respectively.
Despite the rising temperatures, the weather bureau said that there may still occur thunderstorms in some parts of the country.
So far this year, the hottest temperature recorded was in General Santos City at 38.6 degrees Celsius which was felt last March 1. And the historical record of 42.2 degree celsius was observed twice in Tuguegarao city on April 1912 and on May 11, 1969.
So how was the heat index in Cagayan de Oro? Today, a heat index of 39 degrees Celsius was recorded in the city. Far below the dangerous level but still, the weather is unbearable because of the heat.
In order to avoid heat stroke, the public is advised to not get exposed much in the outdoors.
For this certain issue, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is into issuing oratio imperata or obligatory prayers for rain to cushion effects as caused by El Niño.