MANILA – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recently announced that the general public, especially those in Baguio and Metro Manila, can expect colder mornings ahead because the northeast monsoon (amihan) is still on its peak.
Over the weekend, Baguio City recorded a temperature of 11 degrees Celsius, while Metro Manila experienced 19.5 degrees, the lowest so far for this year.
According to PAGASA, the cold weather can be expected from the end of January until the first half of February.
Weather forecaster Alvin Pura noted that temperatures in National Capital Region and Central Luzon can still drop to 17 degrees, while the temperature in Baguio City may go down to 10 degrees. Colder days are ahead in the coming weeks, he added.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in history was 6.3 degrees on January 18, 1961 in Baguio, whereas NCR had a temperature of 14.6 degrees in February 1962.
Meanwhile, Pura also said that aside from low temperatures, the northeast monsoon may bring about strong winds in the regions of Luzon, Visayas, and Caraga. Small vessels and fishing boats are advised to take extra caution.