• Metro Manila records coldest temperature at 16.9 degrees

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    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) this morning (Jan. 25) recorded the coldest morning so far in Metro Manila with the mercury dropping to 16.9 degrees Celsius.

    Weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said the temperature dropped to below 17 degrees Celsius at around 6:20 a.m. near the Science Garden in Quezon City Saturday (January 25).

    The coldest morning so far in Metro Manila was recorded last Saturday (Jan. 18) at 17.5 degrees Celsius.

    He said both “readings” were specifically recorded in the vicinity of the PAGASA Science Garden in Diliman, Quezon City between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.

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

    Meanwhile, in Baguio City the temperature recorded was at 9.5 degrees Celsius recorded around 6:10 a.m. Saturday, Mendoza said.

    Friday’s temperature in Baguio City was at 8.5 degrees Celsius lower than Thursday’s 9.2 degrees Celsius, Wednesday’s 11.4 degrees Celsius 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 Jan. 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.

    Mendoza said the country will continue to experience 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.

    PAGASA said Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms while the rest of the country including Metro Manila will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

    It added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to north over Mindanao.

    The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

    PAGASA also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon, will affect the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Luzon, of Visayas and of Mindanao.

    “Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it warned. PNA

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