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Aghon now a typhoon, but Eastern Samar melts in 55°C heat index


MANILA: Aghon intensified into a typhoon over the coastal waters of Burdeos, Quezon, according to the 11 p.m. bulletin Sunday of state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The typhoon will continue intensifying over the next two days as it accelerates northeastward over the Philippine Sea. On the track forecast, the typhoon will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday afternoon or evening and continue moving northeastward towards the sea south of mainland Japan. Polillo Islands remained under Tropical Cyclone Wind (TCWS) Signal No. 3 as of the latest advisory while only Aurora, the northern and central portions of Quezon (Real, General Nakar, Infanta, Mauban, Calauag, Perez, Alabat, Quezon), and the northern portion of Camarines Norte (Santa Elena, Capalonga) were under Signal No. 2. Areas under TCWS Signal No. 1 were the eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, San Mariano, San Guillermo, Jones, Echague, San Agustin, Ila gan City, Benito Soliven, City of Cauayan, Maconacon, Angadanan, Naguilian, Palanan, Dinapigue); the eastern portion of Quirino (Maddela, Nagtipunan, Aglipay); the eastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Sur, Dupax del Norte); the eastern portion of Nueva Ecija (General Tinio, Gabaldon, Bongabon, Pantabangan, Rizal, General Mamerto Natividad, Laur, Palayan City, Peñaranda, San Leonardo, City of Gapan, Cabanatuan City, Santa Rosa, San Isidro, Cabiao, San Antonio, Jaen, Llanera); the eastern portion of Pampanga (Candaba, San Luis, San Simon, Apalit, Santa Ana, Arayat, Mexico, Sasmuan, Macabebe, Masantol, Santo Tomas, Minalin, City of San Fernando, Bacolor); the southeastern portion of Bataan (Pilar, Orion, Limay, Mariveles); Bulacan, Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, and the rest of Quezon and Camarines Norte; and the northern portion of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Milaor, Cabusao, Camaligan, Pili, Sipocot, Pamplona, Ragay, San Fernando, Magarao, Minalabac, D el Gallego, Libmanan, Naga City, Calabanga, Bombon, Canaman, Pasacao, Gainza, Lupi). In direct contrast, the country recorded the year's highest heat index so far at 55 degrees Celsius in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, eclipsing the 53°C in Iba, Zambales on April 28. Both are categorized as 'extreme danger.' Guiuan previously recorded 51°C on May 18 and 50°C on May 19. In Metro Manila which experienced rains the entire day, the heat index fell to between 26°C to 31°C, the first time in nearly two months that the region fell below the 'caution' level of 27°C to 32°C. Source: Philippines News Agency