Mindanao braces temperature rise
By : Uriel Quilinguing Mindanao Today/10:19:19pm 07/28/2021
The state weather bureau has urged Mindanao residents to adopt precautionary measures to avoid heat stresses that may lead to hazardous health conditions after its monitoring station in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental recorded a 38.0°C temperature 8 pm on Saturday, July 24, 2021.
Six other weather stations of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) also reported relatively high temperatures on the same day, according to the Mindanao PAGASA Regional Services Division.
The six areas are Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur 37.9°C; Zamboanga City 36.2°C; Cotabato City 35.7°C; Dipolog City 35.4°C; Butuan City 35.3°C; and Surigao City 34.5°C. All these, including that of El Salvador City’s were in the top 10 areas where country’s highest temperatures were logged in.
Weather services chief Anthony Joseph R. Lucero, who heads Mindanao PRSD, issued Extreme Temperature Advisory No. 1 before noon of Sunday, July 25, warning the public of the “alarming level” of air temperature in Mindanao.
At 8 pm that day, Mindanao PRSD recorded a maximum temperature of 38.6°C in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental—the highest, so far.
“This extreme weather event may lead to hazardous health conditions like heat strokes and other medical emergencies,” the advisory said, and that Mindanao PRSD and other weather stations in the island they will keep monitoring changes in air temperatures.
As posted in its Facebook wall, the temperatures in a seven-day period were: 35.5°C July 21, 36.2°C July 22, 35.8°C July 23, 38.0°C July 24, 38.6°C July 25, 36.5°C July 26, and 37.9°C July 27.
But there are areas in Mindanao that were included in the list of 10 places where low temperatures were experienced and recorded 8 am on Sunday, July 25, 2021.
Mindanao PRSD’s list include four areas: Malaybalay 19.0°C; Gen. Santos, South Cotabato 23.4°C; Cotabato City, Maguindanao 23.4°C; and Surigao City 23.4°C.
These extreme temperatures are due to the southwest monsoon weather phenomenon, locally known as “habagat,” Mindanao PRSD’s Joe Frivaldo said, adding that Mindanao is in the “ridge of high pressure area’ based on a pressure map.
“Normally, our air temperatures would only range from 33 to 34 on the average, but now we’re seeing 38 and higher,” said Frivaldo, a weather specialist.
Southwest monsoon normally occurs between the months of June to October, characterized by warm and moist winds from the Indian subcontinent towards the western coasts of the Philippines.
The health agency said temperature rise or high body heat index could compromise the human body resulting to illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and hyperthermia.
Common symptoms, particularly on heat exhaustion and stroke, include sweating or lack of it, dizziness, nausea, headaches, vomiting, and irregular heart-beats. These compel one to seek immediate medical attention.
Health professionals advise the public to minimize their exposure to sunlight, particularly from 10 am to 3 pm, wear loose and light-color clothes, drink water frequently, and do physical activities early or late on the day. (30)