The temperature in Metro Manila on Monday morning dropped to 20.8 degrees Celsius, the coldest for this month, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the coldest temperature in Metro Manila for this year was 20.7 degrees last November 9.
On Sunday morning, he said temperature in the metropolis only fell at 21.5 degrees.
Aurelio said both readings were recorded at PAGASA Science Garden in Quezon City between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
The temperature in Baguio City dropped to 12.6 degrees at around 5 a.m. on Sunday, Aurelio said.
The temperature in Baguio for Monday ranged between 12-23 degrees Celsius.
Aurelio attributed the drop in the temperature to the effects of the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”
The northeast monsoon is the cold winds associated with the Christmas season.
It starts blowing into the country from Siberia every mid-October and strengthens every mid-December.
Aurelio said the northeast monsoon usually peaks from early January to mid-February.
“So, the public should expect chillier mornings in the coming weeks,” he noted.
Based on the PAGASA’s climatological record, the lowest temperature recorded in Baguio was at 6.3 degrees Celsius on January 18, 1961.
Metro Manila experienced its coldest temperature on Feb. 4, 1987 and Dec. 30, 1988 at 15.1 degrees Celsius.