Metro Manila recorded its coldest day so far this northeast monsoon or “amihan” season as air temperature dipped to 20.6 degrees Celsius Wednesday.
The temperature was registered at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Science Garden monitoring station in Quezon City around 4:30 a.m.
It is lower than the 23.2 degrees Celsius recorded in the same station last Tuesday.
The coldest day in history in Metro Manila was registered twice on Feb. 4, 1987 and Dec. 30, 1988 at 15.1 degrees Celsius.
Other PAGASA monitoring stations that recorded low temperatures Wednesday morning were Baguio City (11.6 degrees Celsius); Benguet State University (BSU) in La Trinidad, Benguet (12.4 degrees Celsius); Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (16.8 degrees Celsius); Basco, Batanes (16.8 degrees Celsius); Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (18 degrees Celsius); Sinait, Ilocos Sur (18.3 degrees Celsius); Tanay, Rizal (18.4 degrees Celsius); Casiguran, Aurora (19 degrees Celsius); Tuguegarao City, Cagayan (19 degrees Celsius); Malaybalay, Bukidnon (19 degrees Celsius); and San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (19.5 degrees Celsius).
Baguio City recorded its coldest day so far this amihan season last Jan. 10 at 10.4 degrees Celsius while BSU La Trinidad recorded the country’s coldest day so far this season last Jan11 at 9.5 degrees Celsius.
The cold weather could be attributed to the strong amihan winds prevailing over the country.
Amihan usually reaches its peak from December to February.
PAGASA said the northeast monsoon will bring cloudy skies with light rains over Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Aurora, and Quezon.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will also be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light amihan rains.