By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Metro Manila’s air temperature further dropped on Tuesday, making it the coldest day so far this amihan season at 20 degrees Celsius.
According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather observer Dorothy Basina, the temperature was registered at the Science Garden monitoring station in Quezon City around 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
It is lower than the previous low of 21 degrees Celsius recorded on Monday (Jan. 7).
The cold weather is attributed to the strong northeast monsoon or amihan affecting Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon and Visayas.
The coldest day in history in Metro Manila was registered twice on February 4, 1987 and December 30, 1988 at 15.1 degrees Celsius.
On Wednesday, Pagasa said the surge of amihan will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas.
Mindanao will also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
Pagasa warned the public to be alert against possible flooding and landslides over low-lying and mountainous areas during severe thunderstorms.
Northeast monsoon season usually prevails from late October to early March, and reaches its peak during February.