Monday, 7 December 2009

What's down: Baguio temerature

Baguio chills at 11.2 degrees
Manila Bulletin

Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, Sunday registered a chilly 11.2 degrees Celsius temperature, and the state weather agency said the cold spell is just beginning.

The city, which is nestled at 1,500 meters above sea level, also registered an 11.2 degrees Celsius minimum air temperature last December 2, according to Bernie De Leon, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

On Saturday, Baguio City’s temperature slightly warmed up at 12.8 degrees Celsius after registering an average of 12 degrees Celsius the past few days.

The temperature readings were taken between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to De Leon.

Based on reports, the coldest temperature reading in Baguio City this year was registered on Jan. 15, at 7.7 degrees Celsius.

In Metro Manila, lowest temperature readings recorded at the PAGASA Science Garden in Quezon City were 20.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday; 21.5 degrees Celsius Saturday; and 22 degrees Celsius Friday—warmer than the 19. 8 and 19.7 degrees Celsius registered, respectively, on Thursday and Wednesday.

It was learned that the lowest minimum temperature recorded at the PAGASA Science Garden this year was at 18.1 degree Celsius last January 16.

De Leon told Manila Bulletin over the phone that “colder days are still ahead as the surge of the northeast monsoon, which brings cold and dry air from mainland China, has yet to peak.”

The northeast monsoon season starts during the "ber" months and ends in March or April, with the peak of the cold temperature from December to February, he explained.
Based on PAGASA records, the unsurpassed minimum temperature in Baguio City is 6.3 degrees Celsius, which was registered on January 18, 1961.

On the other hand, Metro Manila registered its lowest air temperature reading at 14.5 degrees Celsius on Janunary 11, 1914 at the Port Area in Manila.

Meanwhile, De Leon said the country will experience a good weather or partly cloudy to cloudy weather this week with some parts of Luzon and Visayas experiencing occasional rains caused by the northeast monsoon or locally known as “hanging amihan.”

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