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We welcome colder nights and mornings as the Northeast Monsoon or Amihan affects the entire country.
 
Amihan refers to cold and dry air from Mainland China where winter is in progress. In an interview with Panahon TV, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said that this weather system usually peaks between January and February; hence the 9.2 degrees Celsius recorded in Baguio City yesterday, the city’s lowest temperature this 2017.
 
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Aside from the cold weather, the Amihan also brings rains. Today, cloudy skies with chances of lights rains will prevail in the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao and the provinces of Aurora, Quezon and Rizal.
 
Meanwhile, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
 
Due to strong winds caused by the Northeast Monsoon, gale warning remains in the northern seaboards of Northern Luzon and Visayas, as well as in the western seaboards of Luzon.
 
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Mendoza added that there is no weather disturbance expected to affect the country in the next two to three days. Catch the replay of the interview in this video:
 

Residents in Eastern and Central Visayas should prepare for light to moderate rains brought by the Tail End of a Cold Front. Meanwhile, colder weather will prevail in Luzon as the Amihan intensifies.

The Amihan will bring light rains in Cagayan Valley and Aurora, while lighter rains are possible in Metro Manila and the rest of Central Luzon.

Mindanao will have good weather today.

Temperature drops in Baguio City
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Yesterday, Baguio City experienced 12.4 degrees Celsius, a relatively low temperature compared to previous days. Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said that the Amihan will prevail during this month. Thus, colder weather and light rains are expected, especially in most parts of Northern Luzon.

 
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As the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) strengthens, it brings cold weather to most part of the archipelago, particularly Luzon and Visayas. For those who are residing in the Bicol region, Visayas and the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon, you will be experiencing cloudy skies with light to moderate rains. Meanwhile, light rains prevail in the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and the provinces of Aurora, Rizal and Quezon. If you are in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, isolated light rainsares expected. Favorable weather will prevail over Mindanao, but always bring your umbrella for the possibility of localized thunderstorms.
 
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Gale warning was raised in the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas. Fisherfolk with small seacraft are not allowed to venture into the said seaboards due to the rough to very rough sea conditions. This is due to the strong to gale force winds associated with the Amihan.
 

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As temperature continuously drops, here are the lowest temperature recorded yesterday in Baguio City:

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The northeast monsoon continues to be the dominant wind system today affecting Luzon and Eastern Visayas. Expect cloudy skies with light rains in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas, including the provinces of Quezon and Aurora.

In the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, isolated light rains will be experienced within the day. Meanwhile, the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will enjoy fair weather.

At 5 AM today, the PAGASA Science Garden in Quezon City recorded its lowest temperature this year at 20 degrees Celsius, while Baguio City recorded 13 degrees Celsius.

Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said that February is the peak of the northeast monsoon season, so better be ready with your blankets and jackets, especially at night and during early morning.

Le Tour De Filipinas 6th Edition

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Le Tour De Filipinas ended successfully yesterday with its final leg composed of a101-kilometer distance of mountainous terrain from Pangasinan all the way to Baguio City.

Cyclist endured the surge of the northeast monsoon, which added to the challenge, before they reached the finish line.

Below were the winners for Le Tour Stage 4.

1st Place: POURSEYEDIGOLAKHOUR, Mirsamad of TPT Cycling Team
2nd Place: ASKARI, Hossein of Pishgaman Yazd Pro Team
3rd Place: LEBAS, Thomas of Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team

Stage 4 Jersey Winners

Yellow Jersey – LEBAS, Thomas of Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team
Green Jersey – AMBROSE, Scott of Team Novo Nordisk
Polka Dot Jersey – ASKARI, Hossein of Pishgaman Yazd Pro Cycling Team
White Jersey – ZEMIAKOV, Oleg of Kazakhstan National Team
Best Philippine Rider – GALEDO, Mark of Team 7-Eleven

The northeast monsoon or amihan, characterized by cold and dry air coming from Mainland China, will affect extreme Northern Luzon while the easterlies will prevail over the eastern section of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Easterlies are winds coming from the Pacific Ocean, which bring warm and humid weather.

Partly cloudy skies with isolated light rains are expected over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and the Ilocos Region. Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, mostly in the eastern section.

Based on the records of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the following areas felt the lowest temperatures this morning:

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Compared to yesterday, temperatures today are much lower as the amihan blows over Luzon.

What to expect on the 2nd half of November

PAGASA Weather Forecaster Alvin Pura said the amihan is expected to intensify in the following days, bringing chillier early mornings. Pura added that longer nights are expected as the Winter Solstice approaches the Northern Hemisphere. Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, either on December 21 or 22. Longer nights mean shorter exposure to sun rays, contributing to the colder weather during “ber” months.

Another thing to keep in mind is the possible formation of weather disturbances. Pura explained that tropical cyclones during this season have a higher chance of hitting the landmass or making their landfall.

Meanwhile, experts continue to monitor the possible impact of an El Niño Phenomenon in the last quarter of 2014. El Niño is characterized by the unusual warming of the sea surface temperature. According to the latest information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the probability of an El Niño Phenomenon at this time has been lowered to 58% from 65%.

PAGASA clarified that we are still in the neutral condition so if El Niño occurs this year, it will be weak. The next update will be released on December 4, 2014.

Sea Surface Temperature, as of November 17, 2014.  Photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Sea Surface Temperature, as of November 17, 2014.
Photo courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)