The New Year is off to a cold start for Baguio City after it experienced 11 degrees Celsius temperature early Friday.
According to reports the weather bureau, as the mercury plunged to 11 degrees on Friday, it was recorded as the coldest so far this year and the coldest since December last year
Weather observer Efren Dipolog at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) says that the mercury has been consistently dipping since Monday and is expected to drop further in the coming days due to the cold front.
According to Dipolog, this was not the first time that the temperature dropped to its coldest. He said on Jan. 23, Pagasa reported 14.2 degrees, 14.4 on Jan. 24; 13.5, Jan. 25; and 13.2, Jan. 26.
The chill was first felt this year on Jan. 9 when the temperature plunged at 11 degrees, Dalipog said.
The nippy weather, which the city has been experiencing since it hosted the parade of Miss Universe candidates on Jan. 18, has been drawing local and foreign tourists, especially during weekend when famous tourist spots such as Burnham Park, Mines View and Camp John Hay are packed with people, causing traffic in major roads.
The residents welcomed the cold weather as the city will celebrate the annual Panagbenga, or the flower festival, which will start next week.