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15 C temperature brings out winter jackets in Batanes

/ 06:35 AM January 12, 2018

ITBAYAT, BATANES—Children went to school in this northernmost island town on Thursday morning wearing thick winter jackets as the temperature dropped to 15 degrees Celsius.

It was a welcome condition for vegetable gardeners, said agriculturist Donabel Gulaga. But clinics had to deal with complaints of cold-related ailments, like arthritis attacks, said Kristine Ponce, rural health nurse.

The town had been experiencing a cold spell and drizzles since Jan. 9.

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Itbayat residents who walked to work joked about their “Alaska-like” weather. “We look like Eskimos,” said a resident who wore a thick coat.

School children wore wool bonnets, hooded cardigans and raincoats. “They love the cool weather,” said Dr. Allan Sande, head of Itbayat District Hospital. —NATHAN ALCANTARA

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