Easterlies to bring rains; 'danger' heat index forecast in 7 areas

By Darryl John Esguerra

April 7, 2024, 8:19 am

<p><em>(DOST-PAGASA Satellite Image)</em></p>

(DOST-PAGASA Satellite Image)

MANILA – The easterlies will affect the country and may bring rain showers on Sunday in several parts of the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported.

In its 24-hour weather forecast, the PAGASA said Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi will experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the easterlies.

Meanwhile, the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

The weather bureau warned the public to take caution as flash floods and landslides are possible during heavy rains.

Light to moderate winds and slight to moderate seas will prevail across the country, it added.

Sunset is at 6:09 p.m.

‘Danger’ level heat index seen in 7 areas

Meanwhile, the weather bureau also reported that the following areas may have a “danger” level heat index ranging from 42°C to 43°C on Sunday:

Laoag, Ilocos Norte – 43°C
Dagupan, Pangasinan – 42°C
Aparri, Cagayan – 43°C
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – 43°C
Puerto Princesa, Palawan – 42°C
Daet, Camarines Norte – 42°C
Cotabato City, Maguindanao – 42°C

Heat Index is the temperature felt by the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature.

The weather bureau advised the public to limit the time spent outdoors, particularly direct exposure to scorching sunlight, and drink plenty of water.

It warned that heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely while heat stroke is possible with continued exposure to the heat.

Dagupan, Aparri and Tuguegarao had the highest heat index on Saturday at 43 degrees. (PNA)