Baguio, Metro temperatures hit new low ahead of summer

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 12 2018 12:43 PM

MANILA - Temperatures in Baguio City and Metro Manila dropped to its lowest so far this year as the cool northeast monsoon or amihan blew over Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday, days ahead of the expected start of the summer season.

Meteorologists tallied temperatures of 11.2 degrees Celsius in Baguio City at 4:50 a.m., and 19.8 degrees Celsius in Quezon City about an hour after, PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas said in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News.

These temperatures were also the lowest in these areas during the ongoing amihan season, which started in November last year, he said.

The amihan may prevail in Luzon until Tuesday, after which the country will start experiencing warm weather, PAGASA earlier said.

PAGASA had said it may declare the start of the summer season by mid-March.

The easterlies or warm winds from the Pacific, together with the ridge of high pressure area, will then be the dominant weather systems, the weather bureau said.

For now, the amihan will bring cloudy skies and scattered rains    in the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and Bicol, and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon, said Rojas.

Metro Manila and the rest Luzon, meanwhile, will experience isolated light rains also due to the cold wind from Siberia and China.

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