• Metro cold spell over?


    Temperature in Metro Manila rose to 24.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday morning because of a weakening northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said.

    Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather observer Lenny Ruiz said the temperature was warmer than Saturday’s 22.5 degrees Celsius and Friday’s 18.7 degrees Celsius.

    However, Ruiz said cold mornings were still expected in the metropolis until mid-February thanks to the northeast monsoon.

    According to Ruiz, the 15.8 degrees Celsius recorded on January 26 was the “coldest” in the metropolis since the cold season started last month.

    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.

    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.

    Pagasa said the all-time lowest temperature recorded in Metro Manila was 15.1 degrees Celsius on February 4, 1987 and December 30, 1988.

    Meanwhile, Sunday’s temperature in Baguio City also spiked to 15 degrees Celsius, higher than the 9 degrees Celsius recorded on Saturday morning.

    Baguio City had its coldest day on January 19 at 8.1 degrees Celsius.

    Ruiz said Baguio will continue to be chilly because of the northeast monsoon.

    Theccity recorded its lowest temperature this season on January 19 at 8.1 degrees Celsius.

    Pagasa’s climatological record showed that Baguio’s coldest temperature ever was 6.3 degrees on January 18, 1961.



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