'It's not summer yet'
MANILA -- Despite the onset of hot weather, state weather bureau PAGASA said it is not yet summer.
PAGASA explained that the warm weather is brought about by the strong easterlies or air coming from the Pacific.
It said the weather is still expected to cool down in the next few days with the northeast monsoon or amihan drawing near.
However, it won't be as cold as January anymore, weather forecaster Alvin Pura told radio dzMM.
PAGASA said the northeast monsoon, which is currently at the northern part of the Philippines, is expected to bring cold weather to northern Luzon including Baguio City, where temperatures can drop to 14 to 15 degrees Celsius.
In Metro Manila, temperatures can go as low as 19 to 20 degrees Celsius.
According to Pura, the cold weather will not last long.
"Asahan sa weekend muling hihina ang amihan," he said.
Meanwhile, as the northeast monsoon nears, PAGASA has put up a gale warning advising seafarers to avoid travel in western and southern Luzon.
"Kung malakas ang hangin, nagdadala ito ng malakas na alon na delikado sa mangingisda," explained weather forecaster Meno Mendoza.
PAGASA said as the easterlies grow stronger in March, warmer weather is to be expected and the summer season will officially begin. -- Reports from ANC; dzMM