The northeast monsoon continues to bring cold mornings in Metro Manila and Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather observer Vivien Relos said that Friday’s temperature in Metro Manila was recorded at 19.7 degrees Celsius, the same on Thursday but lower compared to Wednesday’s temperature of 21.2 degrees Celsius.
She said the 17.5 degrees Celsius recorded last Saturday (Jan. 18) was still the “coldest” in the metropolis since the cold season started last month.
She said Metro Manila’s temperature readings are being recorded daily in the vicinity of the PAGASA Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Relos explained that strong winds of the northeast monsoon contributed to the dip in temperature reading.
Meanwhile, Friday’s temperature in Baguio City was at 8.5 degrees Celsius, lower than Thursday’s 9.2 degrees, Wednesday’s 11.4 degrees and Tuesday’s 12.5 degrees Celsius. Monday’s reading was at 8.4 degrees Celsius.
Baguio City recorded its lowest temperature this season last Sunday morning (Jan.19) at 8.1 degrees Celsius.
PAGASA said the northeast monsoon will continue to bring in cold mornings until February.
According to the PAGASA’s climatological record, Baguio’s coldest temperature ever recorded was at 6.3 degrees on January 18, 1961.
PAGASA said the all-time lowest temperature recorded in Metro Manila was at 15.1 degrees Celsius recorded on February 4, 1987 and December 30, 1988.
Relos said the country will continue experiencing cooler 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 every mid-October. It usually peaks from early January to mid-February. PNA