By NITZ ARANCON
THE temperature in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental rose to 32.3 degrees Celsius on Monday but the heat index — the combined air temperature and the relative humidity — reached 38 degrees.
Monday’s actual temperature however was 1.7 degrees lower than Black Saturday’s, the highest temperature so far recorded here this year by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Yesterday, the temperature here and in Misamis Oriental rose to 32 degrees but the heat index registered at 35.5 degrees as of 2 pm.
Pagasa recorded the April 21 heat index in the city to reach 38.6 degrees.
Daizy Flores, a weather specialist at the Pagasa station in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, said Black Saturday’s highest temperature reached 34 degrees, two degrees higher than yesterday’s.
Flores however said she has no record of the April 20 heat index in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental.
The heat index, she said, depends of one’s location.
“Kon ang imong location, walay daghang kahoy or na-a ba ikaw sa sentro sa syudad nga daghan ang mga balay ug building, mas init ang imong gibati kay sa didto ka daplin sa dagat or didto ka sa bukid nga daghan ug kahoy,” Flores explained.
She said the country can expect temperatures to rise in the coming days because of the easterlies or winds from the east blowing from the Pacific Ocean.
“Dili pa namo masulti kanus-a mawala ang easterly winds kay na-a pa man ta sa month of dry season,” Flores said.