Warming days likely ahead for Baguio City

MANILA — Baguio City may well be already heading towards less chilly days.

Temperature in that mountain city of Northern Luzon will likely begin warming this week with waning of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” bringing cold winds there from Siberia, said weather forecaster Benison Estareja from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

“Peak of the prevailing “amihan” is over so there’s vague chance for Baguio’s temperature to still dip below the 7.3°C record-low there on Wednesday (Feb. 15),” he said.

Such temperature is Baguio’s lowest since 2017 started, PAGASA noted.

According to PAGASA, the annual “amihan” starts over Siberia as cold, dry air mass which gathers moisture while traveling across Pacific Ocean towards the Philippines.

PAGASA said “amihan” affects the Philippines’ eastern portions from October to March.

“Amihan” is characterized by widespread cloudiness with rains or showers, PAGASA noted.

Latest available data indicate a pattern of warming temperature in Baguio City, the Philippines’ summer capital.

“Temperature there rose to 8.0°C this Thursday (Feb. 17) from the record-low recorded Wednesday,” Estareja said.

He noted Thursday’s temperature is normal in Baguio around this time of the year due to cold winds blowing not only from Siberia but from mainland China as well.

“Those areas are experiencing winter at present,” he said.

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio also said the agency’s monitoring shows Baguio’s temperature this Friday (Feb. 18) climbed further to 12.0°C.

“Baguio may experience further warming possibly in the next three days,” he said.

In its 24-hour forecast released Friday, PAGASA said “amihan”‘ is affecting Luzon.

“Amihan” isn’t that strong in Northern Luzon, however, PAGASA noted.

Strong to gale-force winds associated with “amihan” may affect eastern seaboards of southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. Catherine Teves/PNA-northboundasia.com