The temperature in Metro Manila and Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, spiked on Tuesday even as the northeast monsoon is expected to continue to bring in cold mornings until February, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Rene Paciente said that Tuesday’s temperature in Metro Manila was recorded at 20.7 degrees Celsius, up from Monday’s mercury reading of 18.4 degrees Celsius.
He said the 17.5 degrees Celsius recorded last Saturday (Jan. 18) was still the “coldest” in the metropolis since the cold season started last month.
Paciente 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.
Meanwhile, Paciente said that Tuesday’s temperature in Baguio City was at 12.5 degrees Celsius recorded around 2:00 a.m., spiking from Monday’s reading of 8.4 degrees Celsius.
Baguio City recorded its lowest temperature this season on Sunday morning at 8.1 degrees Celsius.
Even with the spike, Paciente said the northeast monsoon will continue to bring in cold mornings until February.
According to the PAGASA’s climatological record, Baguio’s coldest temperature ever recorded was at 6.3 degrees on January 18, 1961.
PAGASA said the all-time lowest temperature recorded in Metro Manila was at 15.1 degrees Celsius recorded on February 4, 1987 and December 30, 1988.
He said the country will continue experiencing 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. PNA