BY: FREDDIE G. LAZARO
LAOAG CITY – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) advised the residents from Ilocos Norte to take extra precautions against the excessive heat of the sun this summer season.
Local PAG-ASA Weather Forecaster Cynthia Iglesias said the prevailing temperature in the province this summer is ranging from 37.4 to 38 degrees celsius.
She warned that the existing “heat index” might cause human body discomfort leading to a possible heat stroke.
She called the residents to refrain from too–much exposure to the heat of the sun from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm.
To counter the effect of the heat of the sun, Iglesias recommended the drinking of plenty of water or at least eight glasses a day.
The weather bureau also announced the following several tips to mitigate the effect of the excessive heat of sun: If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine; wear lightweight and light colored clothing as light colors will reflect the sun’s energy; water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies; avoid drinking liquor as it dehydrates the body, eat small meals however eat more often; and avoid eating foods of high in protein which can increase metabolic heat. (JCR/FGL, PIA-1 Ilocos Norte)