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Baguio wakes up to coldest morn in 2008

Mercury drops to 10.8 degrees Celsius

By Jacquelyn Basilan, Khristine Love Vicente
Northern Luzon Bureau
First Posted 05:19pm (Mla time) 12/17/2008

Filed Under: Weather

BAGUIO CITY -- The chill is definitely here. Residents in this summer capital woke up on Wednesday to the coldest morning in 2008 when the mercury dropped to 10.8 degrees Celsius.

Salvador Olinares, weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) station here, said residents and tourists alike should brace for even colder mornings as they have been observing a big drop in temperature here since December 15.

Before the temperature drop on Wednesday, the city experienced its coldest morning on February 8, at 11.4 degrees Celsius.

"The drop in temperature is not yet that alarming but we are expecting a cold Christmas this year," Olinares said.

He said that adaptation and proper preparation would be needed to survive the cold weather.

Olinares said residents should prepare thick sweaters and jackets as the weather bureau was expecting the temperature to drop lower than the normal range of 13.8 to 23.3 degrees Celsius in December.

The drop is due to the northeast monsoon (amihan) winds that bring cold weather and rain in the Philippines from October to March, said Olinares. Cooler high pressure air over inland Asia starts to move toward the lower pressure areas, particularly affecting the eastern section of the Philippines, Olinares has explained.

He said the northeast monsoon would start peaking in January and February, so residents here should expect chillier mornings.

Temperature is also expected to drop as the northeast monsoon peaks at late January to early February.

Baguio experienced its coldest temperature, at 6.3 degrees Celsius, on Jan. 18, 1961.

But Olinares said on Wednesday weather specialists were not expecting the temperature to again drop that low due to the population increase and diminishing number of trees in Baguio City.

While the city experienced warmer than usual days and the sudden cold weather, Olinares said it was still "too early to say" that global warming had caused the notable changes.

PAGASA records showed that the average annual minimum temperature in the city from 1971 to 2000 was 15.1 degrees while the annual maximum temperature during the same period was 24 degrees.

The highest recorded temperature here was 30.4 degrees on March 15, 1988, PAGASA said.

PAGASA records showed that Baguio experienced cooler days in December, with the coldest temperature recorded no higher than 16.7 degrees.

From December 1 to 14, the city's average minimum temperature was 14.8 degrees Celsius. From 16 degrees recorded on December 14, the mercury dropped to 13 degrees the next day. It continued to drop to 11.8 degrees on December 16 and 10.8 degrees on December 17.



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