MANILA – The cold temperature brought by the northeast monsoon (amihan) will be back by Thursday this week, a state weather forecaster said.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Samuel Duran said the northeast monsoon has regained its strength and is now bringing cold weather in extreme North Luzon.
Duran said the warm easterly winds from the Pacific is currently affecting the eastern portion of Luzon and Visayas.
"By Thursday aabot na ito sa Metro Manila, so sa ngayon, easterlies ang nakakaapekto sa Eastern Visayas at Eastern Luzon. Maalinsangan pa rin ang panahon. By Thursday, hopefully babalik na ang amihan at pabalik na ulit ang malamig na panahon," Duran told dzMM.
Duran said the cold weather may last until mid-February.
The coldest temperature in Metro Manila so far this year was recorded last January 26 at 15.8 degrees Celsius.
Summer capital Baguio City recorded its lowest temperature this season last January 19 at 8.1 degrees Celsius.
In its 24-hour weather forecast for Tuesday, PAGASA said the whole archipelago will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms.
PAGASA said moderate to occasionally strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to northeast with slight to moderate seas.