The cold temperature may continue to freeze crops in some Cordillera agricultural areas until the second week of February, the state weather bureau warned.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) explained the cold weather is caused by the Northeast monsoon, which will prevail in the next weeks.
“These frosts that have been (reportedly) affecting crops in Benguet are possible especially when cold temperatures happen in successive days,” PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang said.
“This actually happens annually. Last year, we recorded the same thing,” he added.
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Citing official records, Galang confirmed that Pagasa has recorded a series of low temperatures in Baguio City since the start of January.
The state weather bureau recorded a 9.5 degrees Celsius temperature in Baguio City, which has been the lowest one recorded during this season.
Galang noted that temperature in Benguet could have experienced much colder weather considering it lies on higher altitude.
But since PAGASA does not have a weather station in Benguet, Galang cannot confirm the 10 degree Celsius that was recorded and has been worrying farmers in Benguet on Monday.
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Benguet agriculturalist Lolita Bentres however denied that vegetable farms in Northern Benguet were destroyed due to very cold weather.
PAGASA has recorded a 10.4 degrees Celsius temperature on January 20, 10.6 degrees Celsius on January 21, 11.2 degrees Celsius on January 22, and 12.4 degrees Celsius on January 23 in Baguio City.
“(But) there has been a gradual increase in temperature because of a weakening effect of the Northeast monsoon (or Hanging Amihan) in the last few days,” Galang said.
He explained the cold temperature will start fluctuating in the next three weeks before the country experiences a higher temperature in a gradual shift for the summer.