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Despite having humid days lately, Pagasa says cooler temperatures expected until mid-February

By Rayven Daligcon Published Feb 07, 2024 9:01 pm

Did somebody turn off the "aircon" or hurt Queen Elsa of Arendelle? Why does it feel like summer has come early this year?

Contrasting the chilly weather that the Philippines experienced in the past weeks, temperatures during the day have risen, reaching about 32 degrees Celsius in Quezon City on Feb. 7 morning. This humid temperature is a sudden switch from PAGASA’s previous report that the weather will grow even colder in February.

PAGASA first reported in December 2023 that the northeast monsoon, or Amihan, would continue to bring cooler days, and that large portions of the nation would endure more frigid nights and cold mornings as long as the wind from mainland China persisted.

 “Magpapatuloy pa rin yung amihan sa mga susunod na araw, this is due to the northeast monsoon or cold air coming from China and Siberia,” PAGASA weather forecaster Benny Estareja said in a report.

In a more recent report, PAGASA stated that the influence of the warm easterlies may cause hot and muggy weather to prevail throughout most of the nation. 

Two weather systems are hitting the Philippines, according to weather expert Obet Badrina: the easterlies, or warm winds moving from the Pacific Ocean, and Amihan—that explains why we are experiencing hot weather lately. 

However, Amihan somewhat diminished, resulting in humid weather today, according to the public weather forecast released at 4 a.m. today. As reported by Badrina, the northeast monsoon's chilly winds will continue to be felt this Saturday or Sunday, especially in Northern and Central Luzon. 

PAGASA stated that due to the influence of the northeast monsoon, cooler temperatures are expected to last till the middle of February. This would result in scattered light rainfall over Metro Manila during the course of the week.

For the upcoming long weekend, the weather specialist said that there is a high chance that hanging Amihan will be felt again, particularly in the Northern and Central parts of Luzon. Fair weather is also likely to prevail in Visayas and Mindanao, with only isolated chances of light rains and thunderstorms.

According to Badrina, there's a good likelihood that Amihan will reappear during the next long weekend, especially in the northern and central regions of Luzon.

So if you have been enjoying the cold weather lately, just chill and relax because you still have chilly days until next week. Better enjoy that favorite jacket to the fullest, before the "aircon" switches off and the humidity is turned on again.