On the first day of 2014 on Wednesday, the temperature in Baguio City dropped to 11.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and expect chiller mornings in the coming days, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
In an interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Jun Galang said the dipped in temperature in the said city was recorded at around 5 a.m.
He added that it was lowest temperature compared 12.0 degrees Celsius recorded on Tuesday morning.
Galang attributed the dropped 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.
Galang said the northeast monsoon usually peaks from early January to mid-February.
“So, the public should expect chillier mornings in the coming days affected by hangin amihan,” he noted.
In Metro Manila, Galang said that the coldest temperature recorded at 19.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning compare to 20.7 degrees Celsius on Dec. 30 and Nov. 9 last year.
He said the readings were recorded at Pagasa Science Garden in Quezon City between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Galang also said that below 20 degrees Celsius were also recorded in Basco, Batanes; Laoag and Vigan in Ilocos Sur; and Tuguegarao due to the northeast monsoon.
Based on Pagasa’s climatological record, the coldest temperature recorded in Baguio was at 6.3 degrees Celsius on Jan. 18, 1961, while Metro Manila experienced its coldest temperature on Feb. 4, 1987 and Dec. 30, 1988 at 15.1 degrees Celsius. PNA