The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said 10 stations recorded air temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius (℃) on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
Based on PAGASA’s monitoring, the stations that recorded the lowest air temperatures on Tuesday morning were:
Baguio City (12.5℃)
Basco, Batanes (15.4℃)
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (17.2℃)
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan (17.8°C)
Tanay, Rizal (17.9℃)
Casiguran, Aurora (18.8°C)
Malaybalay, Bukidnon (19.0°C)
Sinait, Ilocos Sur (19.1°C)
Abucay, Bataan (19.5°C)
Calayan, Cagayan (19.7°C)
According to PAGASA, the northeast monsoon, locally called “amihan,” continues to bring cloudy and rainy weather over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol region, Aurora, and Quezon.
Meanwhile, the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will have partly cloudy to cloudy weather with light amihan rains.
PAGASA said the average minimum temperatures this month will range from 13 degrees Celsius (°C) to 22.3°C in northern Luzon; 17°C to 25.3°C in lowlands Luzon; 9.7°C to 13.1°C in mountainous Luzon; 18.3°C to 23.6°C in Metro Manila; 19.1°C to 25°C in lowlands Visayas; 19.5°C to 23.7°C in lowlands Mindanao; and 15°C to 16.7°C in mountainous Mindanao.
“Generally, surface air temperatures range from below average to above average throughout the country during the forecast period (December 2022-May 2023), with the coldest temperatures expected in January and February,” it said.
The lowest temperature recorded in Baguio City was 6.3℃ on Jan. 18, 1961, while it was registered twice in Metro Manila, on Feb. 4, 1987, and Dec. 30, 1988, at 15.1 degrees Celsius.
PAGASA is expecting cold surges between December 2022 and February 2023.