The weather bureau recorded a temperature of 41.2 degrees Celsius on Monday, the highest yet of the dry season.

On its Twitter page, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the highest temperature was captured in Echague, Isabela while nearby Tuguegarao City recorded 39.7 degrees Celsius.

Also registering high temperatures of 38.5°C, 38.3°C and 37.2°C were San Jose in Occidental Mindoro, and Camiling and Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, respectively.

In terms of body index, the highest was recorded at 49°C in Dagupan City and Sangley Point in Cavite City.

According to the Pagasa-DOST website, the body index is the “human discomfort index that gives the ‘apparent’ temperature or what human perceive or feel as the temperature affecting their body. “

“High air temperatures and high relative humidity will give high apparent temperatures or indices,” it said (Jojo Mangahis)