The northeast monsoon continues to bring in cold mornings in Metro Manila and Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In an interview, PAGASA weather observer Alex Naga said the Monday’s temperature in Metro Manila was recorded at 18.4 degrees Celsius.
He noted that the 17.5 degrees that was recorded in the metropolis last Saturday (Jan. 18) was still the “coldest” since the cold season started last month.
Naga 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.
Baguio City’s temperature reading was at 8.4 degrees Celsius at 5:08 a.m. Monday. Baguio City recorded its lowest temperature this season on Sunday morning 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.
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.
Naga 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