The temperature in Baguio City dropped to 11 degrees Celsius on Monday, the coldest morning in the city, so far this year. The temperature drop broke the long warm spell the summer capital of the country has been experiencing since the holidays.

Baguio records coldest morning in 2017

Weatherman Raymond Ordinario said the temperature, which was the lowest at the Central Business District so far, was recorded at 5 am, North Bound Asia reported. At the same time, temperatures of 9 and 9.8 ºC were also recorded at the summit of Mt. Santo Tomas and in Benguet, respectively.

The coldest recorded by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in 2016 was 13 ºC on Dec. 24, which is uncharacteristically warm by Baguio standard, The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. Danny Galati, a weather specialist, said from Dec. 2016 to January, the temperature ranged from 13 to 14 ºC, which is warm, compared to the lowest in 2015 when the temperature dipped at 10.4 ºC.

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Low temperatures are forecast to last until the end of February or the early week of March. While the cold weather is attributed to the surge of the northeast monsoon or amihan, it is clarified that the current low pressure area (LPA)  has no direct effect in Baguio City, Benguet and the Cordillera region in general.

Cold weather imposes higher health risks

With the sudden chill in Baguio, health authorities called on the public to prepare for the resurgence of cold weather illnesses such as respiratory illness and mosquito-borne diseases. Among the most common respiratory ailments today are cough and colds, pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma, while mosquito-borne diseases include dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika.

Residents and visitors are advised to guard themselves against the serious negative effects of the cold to their health, particularly when PAGASA is anticipating a low temperature of about 7.5 ºC until end of February.

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