THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) predicts the extremely hot weather looming in Cebu could last even until May.
Al Quiblat, Pagasa Visayas acting director, advised the public to avoid going out of their homes in between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the hot temperature often reaches its peak at around 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Based on Pagasa Visayas’ monitoring, the daily average temperature in Cebu reached about 26 to 33 degrees Celsius with a heat index of 40 degrees Celsius.
Quiblat said April 13 became the hottest day of the year after they recorded a temperature of 34.4 degrees Celsius on that day.
Quiblat said by next month, they expect the temperature to rise to 43 degrees Celsius, which is considered dangerous for humans during long exposures.
He advised Covid-19 frontliners doing their work to avoid long exposures under the sun during peak hours to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion.
Quiblat said they should only stay for at most 20 minutes under the scorching sun.
Pagasa-Visayas also predicts a zero chance of rainfall in the coming weeks.
There will be no major weather disturbances such as heavy rainfall in the next five days, Pagasa said.
To help ease the discomfort caused by the extremely hot weather, Quiblat advised the public to soak a clean towel in cold water and use it to wipe the body.
He also advised the public to drink lots of water and avoid eating food that are rich in protein as this could increase body temperature.
Based on Pagasa Visayas’ historical data, May 31, 2010 previously held the record for hottest day of the year in Cebu at a scorching 37 degrees Celsius. (HBL/JKV)