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Tag-init na naman! Ready ka na ba? PAG-ASA has recently announced that summer has started, and the heat is already rising. Are we all prepared for another hot and dry season? 

Summer in the PH

From March to May, summer in the Philippines is a vibrant and bustling season characterized by hot and humid weather, with temperatures often climbing above 30°C (86°F). PAG-ASA also announced last year that it will be hotter for the country due to the effects of El Niño. They added that we should take extra precautions to avoid illnesses such as heat stroke and heat stress.

Preparing for the Heat

Preparing for the coming summer involves a mix of practical, health, and recreational planning. Here are some ways to beat the heat! Make sure to take note of them. 

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Stay Cool


  • Use air conditioning efficiently; seal any openings around doors and windows.
  • Employ fans to circulate air; ceiling fans should run counter-clockwise to push cool air down.

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  • Close the blinds and curtains during the day to keep your home shaded. 
  • Cool your skin with cold showers or baths.
  • Use lightweight bedding and blankets to sleep comfortably.


Hydrate and Nourish

  • Increase your fluid intake by focusing on water or other non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages.

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  • Eat light, and include plenty of fruits and vegetables with high water content.
  • Avoid heavy meals and too much protein, as they can increase metabolic heat.


Dress Appropriately

  • Wear loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight.
  • Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton or linen.
  • Use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for added protection.
Sun Protection
  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

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  • Seek shade during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).


Adjust Your Activities

  • Schedule outdoor activities for cooler times of the day, such as early morning or late evening.
  • Use water to your advantage: swimming, sprinklers, or a damp cloth can provide quick relief.
  • Take it easy during the hottest hours of the day; this is not the time for strenuous physical activities.


Cooling Gadgets and Extras

  • Invest in cooling towels, which can provide instant relief when wet.
  • Consider using a portable hand fan or a misting fan for on-the-go cooling.
  • Create homemade ice packs by freezing water on a sponge in a resealable plastic bag
Monitor and Adapt
  • Stay up to date about weather forecasts, especially heat warnings.
  • Recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and know how to respond.

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Despite the allure of summer in the Philippines, it’s also a season that calls for preparedness against the heat. Locals and tourists adapt by enjoying various indoor and outdoor activities while taking the necessary precautions to stay calm and hydrated. The season’s vibrance and dynamism make it a unique time to experience summer in the Philippines.