BAGUIO CITY February 14 – The city’s temperature continues to be at single digit temperature after the mercury level dropped to 8.5 degrees celius Tuesday morning.
The city’s temperature dropped to single digit Saturday morning at 9.56 degrees celius then further went down to 9.2 degrees celius Sunday morning before slightly improving to 9.4 degrees celius Monday morning.
Weathermen said the continuous drop in the city’s temperature is due to the enhanced northeast monsoon bringing the cold Siberian winds to the different parts of northern Luzon.
The cold spell in the city and other highly elevated areas in Benguet and mountain Province usually prevails from November to March because of the prevalence of the northeast monsoon that brings to Northern Luzon the cold winter winds from China and Siberia.
Health authorities advised residents and visitors alike to wear their jackets, bonnets, socks and thick clothes when going out of their houses and temporary lodging facilities to make sure that they will be spared from contracting the cold day diseases which might spoil their stay in the city.
Aside from wearing thick clothes, city health officials urged the public to keep their immune system strong by eating the right kind of food to help their bodies combat their contracting the illnesses for them to be able to enjoy their stay in the city.
Last month, the coldest temperature that was recorded was 11 degrees Celsius sometime after the New Year and the coldest temperature in the city ranged from 11 to 5 degrees Celsius before again dropping to 9.6 degrees Celsius Saturday morning.
The coldest temperature recorded in the city was 6.3 degrees Celsius on January 18, 1961 while the fifth lowest temperature was recorded on January 15, 2009.
By Dexter A. See