Cold mornings continue in Metro Manila and Baguio City — the country’s summer capital — due to the prevailing northeast monsoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said the country will continue to experience cooler days in the coming days as the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” is expected to end by March.
The northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan” is a mass of cold air that blows into the country from Siberia.
It is responsible for the cool weather the country experiences from early November to mid-March.
Dadivas said that for Tuesday, temperature in Metro Manila was recorded at 19.6 degrees Celsius compared to Monday’s mercury reading of 19.5 degrees Celsius.
She said the 15.8 degrees Celsius recorded last Jan. 26 was still the “coldest” in the metropolis this year.
Dadivas also said Metro Manila’s temperature readings are being recorded daily in the vicinity of the PAGASA Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.
PAGASA said the all-time lowest temperature recorded in Metro Manila was at 15.1 degrees Celsius on February 4, 1987 and December 30, 1988.
She explained that strong winds of the northeast monsoon contributed to the dip in temperature reading.
Meanwhile, for Tuesday’s temperature in Baguio City was at 10.5 degrees Celsius recorded around 4:50 a.m. also up by a point compared to Monday’s temperature at 10.6 degrees Celsius.
Baguio City recorded its lowest temperature this season last January 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. PNA