5 Ways to beat the “dangerous” heat this summer

by Echo Store on April 21, 2018

Brace yourself for the summer heat.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) officially declared the onset of summer last week and warned about the “dangerous” levels of heat index that may lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke.

Dubbed colloquially as “init factor,” heat index or human discomfort index refers to the temperature people feel and how it affects the body.

PAGASA measures heat index from the start of dry season until the onset of the rainy season. Based on the heat index, PAGASA calls for “caution,” “extreme caution,” “danger,” and “extreme danger”to warn about the possible impacts on the body.

Temperature in Celsius
Temperature in Fahrenheit
Heat Index
27 – 32°C 80 – 90°F Caution

·        Long exposure to the sun could lead to fatigue.

·        Prolonged activity under the scorching heat could result in heat cramps.

32 – 41°C


90 – 105°F


Extreme Caution

·        Heat cramps and heat exhaustion are among the possible effects of long exposure to the sun.

·        Could lead to heat stroke with continued activity under the sun.

41 – 54°C


105 -130°F



·        Likely to cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion
·        Could lead to heat stroke with prolonged activity under the sun

    Over 54°C


    Over 54°C


    Extreme Danger

    ·        “Heat stroke is imminent”

    Source: PAGASA


    As of April 19, six areas experienced heat index 41% and higher, with Ambulong, Batangas registering the highest at 43.7 °C. The other areas are Canatuan, Nueva Ecija (43.5°C), Cotabato City, Maguindanao (41.5), Dagupan City, Pangasinan (42.4°C), Dauis, Bohol (4.1.8°C),  and Davao City, Davao del Sur (41.6°C). Except for Baguio City; Basco, Batanes; Itbayat, Batanes; and Tanay, Rizal, the rest of the country registered 31-41°C, thus, calling for “extreme caution.”

    Here are tips to stay cool amid the scorching summer heat:

    Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

    As the body temperature rises, it is important to drink lots of water. During summer, most of us sweat profusely. The water our bodies lose need to be replaced or we’ll suffer from dehydration and experience headache, dizziness, and tiredness, among others.


    Choose what to wear wisely

    To look good, you have to feel good. Light-colored clothes are recommended because they bounce off the solar heat while dark fabrics absorb the heat of the sun. Wear light and loose clothes for comfort this summer.


    Carry a cooling spray with you all the time

    Get instant relief from hot weather with a cooling spray. Whether you’re travelling to the beach, on a road trip, or commuting within the metro, spritzing some cool mist is the quickest way to feel fresh. ECHOstore’s cooling spray comes in lavender mint and green tea variants. Enriched with natural essentials, it keeps the skin hydrated.


    Apply sunscreen when going out

    Protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun by applying sunscreen. If you’re planning to swim or to stay out for hours, wearing sunscreen is important to reduce risks of sun burn, premature aging, and skin cancer.

    To match different lifestyles, ECHOstore offers various forms of sunscreen. ECHOstore’s Sun Shade Gel protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays while keeping it soft and smooth. For those regularly exposed to the sun for long hours, the Aloe Vera after Sun Spray moisturizes the skin.


    Have some “stress remedies” in your bag

    Summer is the perfect to de-stress at the beach but the heat can also cause stress. Too much exposure to the sun can cause nausea, headache and dizziness. ECHOstore’s Spa in a Can and Spa in a Bottle can serve as quick remedies for minor ailments.

    Visit echostore.ph to learn more about these summer must-haves. Have a safe and fun summer!