By Ellayn De Vera-Ruiz
A chilly Monday morning greeted Baguio residents and tourists with air temperature dropping to 9.8 degrees Celsius, the lowest temperature so far this amihan season, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The lowest temperature reading in Baguio City was recorded at around 5: 30 a.m. Monday. This was lower than the 10.4 degrees Celsius recorded last Jan. 22, 2019.
PAGASA weather specialist Lorie dela Cruz said Metro Manila recorded an average temperature of 21.6 degrees Celsius at 5:50 a.m. Monday. This was particularly registered at the Science Garden monitoring station in Quezon City.
Metro Manila’s lowest temperature this amihan season was recorded last Jan. 17, 2019 at 19 degrees Celsius.
Based on the PAGASA data, the lowest temperature ever recorded in Baguio City was 6.3 degrees Celsius on January 18, 1961.
Meanwhile, the coldest day in history in Metro Manila was registered twice on February 4, 1987, and December 30, 1988, at 15.1 degrees Celsius.
The cold weather in the past few days was attributed to the strong northeast monsoon or amihan affecting the whole country.
According to PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin, the amihan will bring cloudy skies with light rains over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Caraga, Davao Region, Aurora and Quezon.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains also due to amihan.
Due to the surge of amihan, Bulquerin said a gale warning remains in effect as sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern sections of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The rest of the country will have moderate to rough seas.
PAGASA warned fisherfolk from setting sail into these coastlines due to rough seas that will be dangerous for small sea crafts.