BAGUIO CITY – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has recorded a temperature of 14.2 °c in Baguio City – the lowest this month for the said – also the coldest so far in the country amidst the scorching heat of this summer.
“Here in Baguio City and Benguet, isolated rain showers will be present for the whole week,” Baguio weather synoptic station observer Efren Dalipog said on Wednesday.
Due to rain showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening, Philippine’s summer capital met a very chilling temperature.
Dalipog advised that the public to bring umbrella when going out as rain showers are expected in the next few days, especially in the afternoon and evening.
The weather condition in the city is due to localized thunderstorms and the easterlies.
It has been, since then raining since April 2 until April 15. The highest rainfall recorded was 48.6 millimeters on April 2 while 0.4 millimeters was the lowest rainfall recorded on April 12.
He said that the rain contributes to the lower temperature being experienced in the city, which is as low as 14.2 °c, compared to temperature being experienced in lowland provinces which are usually in the mid-30s.
According to PAGASA, the highest recorded temperature in the city this month was on April 11 at 28.6 °c.
Meanwhile, experts had recorded the highest temperature degree that scorched thus far this summer. Dumarao, Capiz suffered a high and scorching 65.1 °c in heat index, according to the Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF).
The foundation noted the town’s heat index at 2:30 PM, last April 12. In a Facebook post, WPF already tagged it as ‘Extreme Danger,’ calling for people to refresh as much as possible through drinking and avoiding the sun in the peak of the day.
Dumarao has less than 50,000 people, per the recent population statistics.
The Department of Health (DOH) has raised the red flag on heat stroke and has urged the public to take precautionary measures to prevent the condition. Especially susceptible to heat stroke are the senior citizens because their temperature-regulating mechanisms do not function very well anymore, and those who work outdoors and commuters in vehicles that do not have air-conditioning units.
The Health department issued the advisory in the wake of rising temperatures and the upcoming observance of the Holy Week.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III then cautioned, “Prepare for the ‘Visita Iglesia’ by bringing bottled water to keep yourself hydrated, well-packed foods that do not easily spoil, and umbrella as you visit churches.”