The heat is definitely on in the Philippines! In fact, the heat index in Metro Manila is expected to reach as high as 35.4 degrees Celsius on Monday, March 27. Meanwhile, the highest actual (observed) heat index recorded last week was 44.1 degrees Celsius, which happened on Thursday, March 23 at 5 pm in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. Read on to learn more about the latest heat index in the country.

Heat Index in the Philippines 

Metro Manila, Metro Davao and Metro Cebu 

Metro Manila’s heat index will range from 25.7 degrees Celsius to 35.4 degrees Celsius in Metro Manila on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported on its official website. On Tuesday, it is expected to range from 25.4 to 35.9.

On the other hand, Metro Davao is expected to have a heat index range of 26.8 to 36 degrees Celsius on Monday and 27 to 36. 2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. Metro Cebu's heat index will range from 28.7 to 35.4 degrees Celsius on Monday and 29.3 to 35.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.

Baguio City Heat Index

As for the Summer Capital of the Philippines, it is expected to have a heat index that ranges from 16.2 to 26.4 degrees Celsius. The area's temperature is much cooler than the expected temperature in Metro Manila, as well as in other parts of the country. 

Here's the heat index in other areas of the Philippines:


1. Tuguegarao City: 24.6 to 35.2 degrees Celsius on Monday and 24.2 to 34.3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday

2. Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA): 25.1 to 35.4 degrees Celsius on Monday and 25.3 to 35.7 degrees Celsius on Tuesday

3. Laoag City: 25.6 to 35.3 degrees Celsius on Monday and 25.4 to 35.3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday

4. Puerto Princesa City: 28.3 to 36.1 degrees Celsius on Monday and 28.3 to 36.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday

5. Legaspi City: 27.2 to 33.7  degrees Celsius on Monday and  26.7 to 33.7 degrees Celsius on Tuesday

6. Tacloban City: 26.6 to 32.9  degrees Celsius on Monday and 27.1 to 33.4 degrees Celsius on Tuesday

7. Iloilo/Bacolod City: 28.4 to 35.9  degrees Celsius on Monday and 28.3 to 36.1 degrees Celsius on Tuesday

8. Zamboanga City: 27.6 to 36.6  degrees Celsius on Monday and 27.4 to 35.9 degrees Celsius on Tuesday

9. Cagayan De Oro (CDO) City: 24.8 to 34.4  degrees Celsius on Monday and 25.3 to 34.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday

What is Heat Index?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service, the heat index is an index of what the temperature feels like to humans when the air temperature is combined with relative humidity. It is also referred to as the apparent temperature. As the relative humidity and the air temperature increases or decreases so does the heat index increases or decreases.

How to stay cool this summer

PAGASA warns that full exposure to the sun can increase an area’s heat index by 9 degrees Celsius. During these hot times, try to stay indoors, preferably in an air conditioned room, as much as you can. If there’s no air conditioning available, just stay on the lowest floor, away from the direct heat of the sun. Aside from this, make sure to drink plenty of water and wear light-colored clothing.

What do you think of the heat index in Metro Manila and the rest of the Philippines? Let us know in the comments section below.   

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