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TEMPERATURE DROP

Mt. Pulag chills at 4 degrees

/ 12:00 AM January 12, 2017
COOLER ON TOP  The summit of Mt. Pulag has reached far more freezing temperatures than Baguio City and Benguet province, dropping to negative 8 degrees Celsius on Jan. 12, according to trekkers who visited one of the country’s richest biodiversity areas. EZRA ESPIRITU/CONTRIBUTOR

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BAGUIO CITY—While temperature in the summer capital went up to 14.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday from a low of 11 degrees on Monday, Mount Pulag, Luzon’s highest peak and a popular destination for mountaineers, was chilling at 4 degrees.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urged mountain trekkers to prepare for a cold climb to Pulag in the borders of Benguet, Ifugao and Nueva Vizcaya provinces.

A DENR advisory said Mt. Pulag, which is 2,922 meters above sea level, also experienced heavy downpour, thick fog cover and strong winds.

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In Atok and Mankayan towns in Benguet, farmers reported that some of their vegetables were damaged when the morning dew turned into ice. Temperatures there dropped to 6 degrees on Monday.

Farmers said they had detected ice forming on the leaves of their cabbages, but Benguet Gov. Crescencio Pacalso said the affected gardens covered only 1 percent of the province’s vegetable areas and would not affect production.

In Baguio, Leticia Dispo, a weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, said the mercury rose to 14.8 degrees at 5 a.m. on Wednesday when cloudy skies trapped the heat. —KIMBERLIE QUITASOL AND GOBLETH MOULIC

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