60 years ago, Baguio City’s chill at its lowest at 6.3 degrees Celsius

Published January 18, 2021, 10:54 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

The chill in Baguio City continues due to the strong northeast monsoon or “amihan” with the City of Pines marking its lowest temperature of 6.3 degrees Celsius which was recorded 60 years on Monday.

The Summer Capital’s Burnham lake boating will be among the attractions in Baguio City which is expected to again see life as the tourism industry opens on September 22. The Ridge and Reef tourism bubble with the provinces of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte will allow exchange of tourists between and among said places following a guideline that incorporate, safe, slow and sure rules. Photo By Zaldy Comanda
(Photo By Zaldy Comanda / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The lowest temperature was officially recorded by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on January 18, 1961.

According to PAGASA, the mean annual temperature of Baguio City with an elevation of 1,500 meters is 18.3 degrees Celsius. This makes the temperature of Baguio comparable with those in the temperate climate, and because of this, it is known as the “summer capital of the Philippines.”

In 2021, Baguio City registered its lowest air temperature so far at 10.4 degrees Celsius last January 10. 

The cold weather this time of the year could be attributed to the strong northeast monsoon or “amihan” prevailing over the country. Amihan usually reaches its peak from December to February.

PAGASA on Monday said the northeast monsoon will prevail and bring cloudy skies and rains over Metro Manila, Cagayan, Batanes, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Aurora, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal.

Northern and Central Luzon will also have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light amihan rains.

Meanwhile, a low pressure area (LPA) at 100 kilometers southwest of Cotabato City and embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) may bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The tail-end of the frontal system may also affect Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon. These areas may have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.

PAGASA advised the public to remain alert against possible flash floods or landslides in case moderate to heavy rains occur.