Beware of heat stroke’

03/101/2010 - Stay in well ventilated places and drink plenty of water to avoid getting heat stroke in the wake of the intense glare of the summer sun.
The Mactan office of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Cebu's temperature hovered between 31 degrees and 33 degrees Celsius.
The weather bureau recorded its highest reading of 33.5 degrees Celsius on Mactan Island last Sunday.
The Mandaue City Health Office is verifying reports that a resident suffered from heat stroke as of presstime.
Oscar Tabada of Pagasa Mactan station said a heat wave occurs when temperatures reach 39 degrees Celsius.
He said the highest temperature recorded in the province 36.6 degrees Celsius in 1979.
“Due to terrestrial (ground) radiation in urban areas, the temperatures of some areas in the city will be raised by two degrees higher than what is reflected in our instruments,” Tabada said.
Tabada said the northeasten monsoon has grown weaker in recent days, ensuring that temperatures will reach their peak in April.
Rain would come by late May to early June, he added.
In the meantime, health authorities in the region warned Cebu residents to avoid overexposing themselves under the summer sun.
In the likelihood of a heat wave, hypertensive people are especially vulnerable to heat strokes, they warned.
Aside from heat stroke, Dr. Susana Madarieta, regional director of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7), said staying under the sun too long will also cause sunburn and skin cancer.
Keeping one's cool in well-ventilated places and drinking plenty of liquids, Madarieta said, also means better temperaments for people since unusually warm weather often easily cause irritation. (Cebu Daily News)

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