May 27, 2024

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The La Trinidad Municipal Health Services Office (LTMHSO) is reminding the public to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from the dangers of extreme heat. 

On April 28 at 1 p.m., the Pagasa Benguet State University Agroment Station in La Trinidad recorded the maximum temperature at 31.5 degrees Celsius. The highest heat index in La Trinidad at 31 degrees Celsius was also recorded on the same day.

LTMHSO Medical Officer Dr. Arlyn Namoro emphasized the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated especially in hot weather. Proper hydration is crucial for overall health and well-being, as it helps regulate body temperature and supports various bodily functions.

“Let’s drink plenty of water. We recommend water, not coffee, not tea, not soft drinks or alcohol because these are considered diuretics. Meaning, it makes us urinate and we will be dehydrated,” Namoro said.

She also reminded to wear light colored clothes, and as much as possible, not to stay outdoors for too long.

“We should wear something that is thin or light colored. We should avoid dark colored because it absorbs heat,” she said.

Namoro added it is also important to wear a hat or use umbrella when outdoors, and to use sunscreen to protect the skin.

She also advised having outdoor activities early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid being exposed to the scorching sun.

When experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek medical attention, she added.

The state weather bureau earlier said the hot weather over the Philippines may continue until the middle of May. – Debbie E. Gasingan and Julie Anne Pucay