Metro Manila has warmed up posting 21.0 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning, up from Wednesday’s temperature of 19.3 degrees Celsius.
However, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Chris Perez said cold mornings are still expected in the metropolis until mid-February due to the northeast monsoon.
Perez said temperature in Metro Manila is still expected to hover around 19 degrees Celsius and above due to the cold winds associated with the northeast monsoon.
Perez said that last Sunday’s record mercury reading of 15.8 degrees Celsius was the coldest temperature in the metropolis for this year.
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.
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 at 15.1 degrees Celsius on February 4, 1987 and December 30, 1988.
Meanwhile, Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, also spiked its temperature at 10.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning around 5 a.m. compared to Wednesday’s temperature was at 8.8 degrees Celsius, Perez said.
But Perez said that Baguio will still continue to experience chilly temperature due to the effects of northeast monsoon.
Baguio City recorded its lowest temperature this season last January 19 at 8.1 degrees Celsius.
PAGASA’s climatological record showed that Baguio’s coldest temperature ever recorded was at 6.3 degrees on January 18, 1961. PNA