Pagasa unable to confirm temperature drops to zero on Mt. Pulag


Fog engulfs Baguio City as temperature dips to 10.0 degrees. INQUIRER PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—There was zero visibility on Mount Pulag in Benguet on Thursday but the state weather bureau could not confirm if the temperature had indeed dropped to zero degree Celsius on the mountain as reported by some news outlets.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) does not have a monitoring station on Pulag, the country’s second highest peak, where the cold is reputed to reach 2 degrees Celsius during this time of the year.

Pagasa administrator Nathaniel Servando said he heard the reports about the zero degree temperature but he could not confirm it himself.

“What we can confirm is there is zero visibility on Mt. Pulag. Now, as to whether the temperature actually reached zero degree, we cannot say,” he said in a telephone interview.

Servando said the nearest Pagasa monitoring station was in Baguio City, which registered a low temperature of 10 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning, only slightly warmer than the 9.5 degrees recorded in the summer capital last week.

Metro Manila, on the other hand, registered 18.1 degrees at 5:55 a.m. on Thursday, the coldest morning of 2013 in the capital, Pagasa said.

Pagasa forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the cold permeating the entire Luzon was the result of the northeast monsoon, or the freezing winds blowing in from Siberia.

The cold is expected to persist well until the middle of February, he said.

The Philippines typically experiences cool to cold weather from mid-October to mid-February, coinciding with the northeast monsoon, or what locals call “hanging amihan.”

Aurelio said the tail-end of a cold front remained over Eastern Visayas. The Visayas and Mindanao will also experience nippy weather, but nowhere near as cool as in most parts of Luzon, he added.

Mt. Pulag lies on the north and south spine of the Grand Cordillera Central that stretches from Pasaleng, Ilocos Norte, to the Cordillera provinces, according to Unesco.

Located within the Cordillera mountain range, Pulag is “very rugged, characterized by steep to very steep slopes at the mountainsides and generally rolling areas at the mountain peak,” Unesco said on its website.

The mountain is the highest peak on Luzon and is the second highest in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,922 meter. above sea level.

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  • dennis

    Zero visibility does not justify a drop to zero in temperature! I´ll give you a very good tip:
    Europe,specially CE (Central Europe) and the Philippines(Baguio) has a difference of 10-12C.If Central Europe reach an average 0C,then expect Baguio,as our coldest area in our country will reach it´s coldest temp to +10 to +12C as it´s coldest registered temperature! This is also due to tilting of Earth during Winter Soltice. Same as in Summer time,If Central Europe has a temperature of 20C,then expect Philippines to have a 30-32C!

  • bogli_anakdami

    tiniklo kc ang thermometer doon sa bundok…

    tapos, ang pondo ng PAGASA eh ginastos sa kanilang mga kabits…

  • buttones

    Go to the top of the mountain with a ‘thermometer’ take a reading and let us know…..maybe these plummeting temperatures have something to do with ‘global warming’…

  • bogli_anakdami

    sobrang lamig dito sa bundok… pati ang aking bahag (g-string) eh nakatirik…

    dapat punta dito si ms gigi… she’d keep me hot…. hotter than uling sa kalan….

  • dodong1

    Wala na talagang PAGASA…simple thermometer lang wala pa….hay naku…talaga..

  • Pablo316

    In contrast cold western countries like those in the Nordic
    region would flash out as amazing news when their temperature hits the 20’s say
    24 – degrees Celsius.


    No doubt tropical climates like ours in the Philippines are
    the envy of these western people but amazingly some Filipinos would love the
    snow and the debilitating and freezing cold.


    For me it is still more fun in the Philippines!
    God bless and thank God for giving us such a mild climate; that should give us
    no reason why we should not be successful economically as a country.

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