Temperature in Metro Manila on Tuesday morning dropped to 18.1 degrees Celsius due to the strong northeast monsoon that continues to affect most parts of Luzon.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather observer Vivien Relos said Tuesday’s temperature in Metro Manila was recorded at 18.1 degrees Celsius at 6:20 a.m., which was lower compared to Monday’s temperature of 18.5 degrees Celsius.
She 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.
Relos explained that the strong winds of the northeast monsoon contributed to the dip in temperature reading and is still expected in the metropolis until mid-February.
Relos said the temperature recorded on Tuesday is so far the lowest for this year.
PAGASA said the all-time lowest temperature recorded in Metro Manila was at 14.9 degrees Celsius on March 1,1963.
Meanwhile, Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, continue to experience chilly temperature as Tuesday temperature will range from 12 to 23 degrees Celsius.
The lowest temperature recorded this year was on Jan. 24 at 10.4 degrees Celsius.
According to PAGASA’s climatological record, Baguio’s coldest temperature ever recorded was at 6.3 degrees on January 18, 1961.
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.
She said the country will continue to experience cooler days in the coming days as the northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”
It is a mass of cold air that blows into the country from Siberia.It is responsible for the cool weather the country experiences from early November to mid-March. PNA