METRO Manila had its coldest morning this year on Saturday when the temperature plunged to 16.9 degrees Celsius.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the temperature dropped to below 17 degrees Celsius at 6:20 a.m. near the Science Garden in Quezon City.
Previously, the coldest morning was recorded on January 18 at 17.5 degrees Celsius.
Weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said both low “readings” were recorded in the vicinity of the Pagasa Science Garden in Diliman.
The all-time lowest temperature that was recorded in Metro Manila was at 15.1 degrees Celsius on February 4, 1987 and December 30, 1988.
Baguio City in Benguet province remained frosty at 9.5 degrees Celsius.
Yesterday’s temperature in the chilly city was warmer than the 8.5 degrees Celsius recorded on Friday.
Baguio City recorded its lowest temperature this season last Jan. 19 at 8.1 degrees Celsius.
According to the Pagasa’s climatological record, Baguio’s coldest temperature ever recorded was at 6.3 degrees on January 18, 1961.
Mendoza said the country will continue to experience colder days until the end of February, when the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” ends.
The northeast monsoon or seasonal winds from the northeast is the cold air from China that starts blowing into the country in mid-October.
It usually peaks from early January to mid-February.
Pagasa said Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms while the rest of the country including Metro Manila will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.