BAGUIO CITY: The second lowest temperature felt in this city this year made young children bundle up during Thursday’s early morning classes in this educational center north of Manila.
The city recorded 10 degrees Celsius Thursday, the second lowest this year, which is up from the normal minimum temperature of 12 to 15 degrees Celsius experienced in 2013.
Weather forecaster Rolando Bagorio, of the local office of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said that cooler mornings are still possible until the early part of March this year because of the intense northeast monsoon affecting northern Luzon.
So far, the lowest temperature here this year was recorded at 9.5 degrees Celsius felt in the early morning of January 12.
This mountain resort 250 kilometers north of Manila recorded its coldest morning ever in February 1961 at 6.2 degrees Celsius.
At this period, the lowest temperature being experienced by residents in Benguet Province, which has a higher elevation, is some two degrees lower than that of Baguio City.
Victor Luacan, a resident of Barangay Paoay in Atok, Benguet, said the thermometer reading in their house was at 7.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning.
Bagorio confirmed this situation as severe frosting is being experienced in Benguet at this time, associated by a drop in temperature from 6.8 to 7.5 degrees Celsius. PNA