The temperature in Metro Manila spiked on Monday after recording in the previous day the coldest temperature in the metropolis for this year, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that that Monday’s temperature in Metro Manila was recorded at 19.8 degrees Celsius at 5:00 a.m., up from Sunday’s record mercury reading of 15.8 degrees Celsius.
Aurelio said that while the temperature rose in Metro Manila on Monday, the northeast monsoon will continue to bring in cold weather in the country until February.
Aurelio 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.
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, will continue to experience chilly temperature as Monday’s temperature was at 9.6 degrees Celsius recorded around 7:50 a.m. Sunday’s reading was at 9.4 degrees Celsius.
Baguio City recorded its lowest temperature this season last January 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. PNA