Baguio drops to a cool 11.8 degrees Celsius, first since start of Amihan

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2019 04:21 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2019 05:56 PM

Students join other sectors in a lantern parade to usher in the yuletide season in Baguio City on Sunday. The cool climate in December draws thousands of visitors to the hinterland city for the holidays. ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Temperature at Baguio City dropped to a chilly 11.8 degrees Celsius on Monday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

"It’s the lowest temperature so far in our Baguio station since the start of the amihan season,” Pagasa weather forecaster Ariel Rojas told ABS-CBN News of the 11.8 degrees Celsius temperature recorded at 6 a.m. on Monday.

The onset of the amihan season, or the northeast monsoon that prevails over the eastern part of the Philippines, was declared on October 24.

"The temperature is expected to be even lower this month and in January,” Rojas said.

Pagasa estimates that temperature in Baguio will fluctuate between 11 to 15 degrees Celsius, depending on the strength of the northeast monsoon, which has been associated with the cool Christmas season weather.

He said such cold weather is usually experienced in Baguio, Tuguegarao City and Laoag in Ilocos Norte.

The amihan season is associated with cold and dry winds, as well as light rains. During this time, storms heading north, fueled by warm and moist air, are often weakened because of the cooler weather.