The temperature in Metro Manila and Baguio City, the country’s summer capital, continues to spike on Wednesday morning even as the northeast monsoon is expected to continue to bring in cold mornings until February, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Wednesday.
In an interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that Wednesday’s temperature in Metro Manila was recorded at 21.2 degrees Celsius, up from Tuesday’s mercury reading of 20.7 degrees Celsius and Monday’s 18.4 degrees Celsius
She said the 17.5 degrees Celsius recorded on Saturday (January 18) was still the “coldest” in the metropolis since the cold season started last month.
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 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Escullar explained that cloudy skies in previous day and the weakening northeast monsoon are the cause of higher temperature readings.
Meanwhile, Escullar said that Wednesday’ temperature in Baguio City was at 11.4 degrees Celsius recorded around 4:15 a.m., lower than Tuesday’s 12.5 degrees Celsius. Monday’s reading was at 8.4 degrees Celsius.
Baguio City recorded its lowest temperature this season last Sunday morning (Jan.19) at 8.1 degrees Celsius.
Even with the spike, Escullar 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.
She 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