Pagasa declares start of dry season

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THE Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) officially declared the start of the dry or hot season in the country on Friday, March 26, 2021, as the northeast monsoon or "Amihan" season that started November 6, 2020, has ended.

Jhomer Eclarino, weather specialist at Pagasa-Mactan station, said the expected average maximum temperature for April is at 32.1 degrees Celsius, while it is expected to reach 32.1 degrees Celsius in May.

He said the average heat index, the human discomfort index perceived by humans as the temperature affecting the body, for April is at 38.2 degrees Celsius. It can reach 41.4 degrees Celsius in May.

Pagasa said a heat index that reaches 32 to 41 degrees Celsius is categorized under Extreme Caution.

Among its potential effects include heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Continuing activity under the sun could result in heatstroke.

Eclarino advised the public to avoid direct exposure to sunlight from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Hydrate your self. Wear light-colored clothes. If you do not have that important errand, just opt to stay indoors, " he said in Cebuano.

He also advised the public to optimize water usage, especially that April, as per experience, has the lowest rainfall in the entire year.

He said the public can benefit from rainwater harvesting from localized rains brought by isolated thunderstorm activities amid the dry season. (WBS)