Palaweños will still experience cold mornings until the middle of February, the local office of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
Allain Joy Lusoc, the local weather observer of the state weather agency, said Thursday this is because the northeast monsoon or “amihan” has already reached its peak this month.
Lusoc said Palawan has reached a temperature of around 23 degree Celsius in January per their record.
“Usually, ang peak ng amihan natin based sa data, ang pinakamalamig na naitala natin sa iba-ibang lugar ay nagpi-peak kapag January. Ina-associate nila na love month ang February kaya doon nila inaano… ang lamig ng hangin ng amihan. Ngayong February nandyan pa rin naman ‘yong presensya ng amihan kaya malamig pa rin,” Lusoc said.
(Usually, the peak of the northeast monsoon based on data, is recorded in January. They associate it to the love month February… the coldness of the northeast monsoon. This February it will still be there, there’s still the northeast monsoon that’s why it remains cold in the morning.)
He added that the northeast monsoon will prevail in February until the first week of March.
The coldness will slowly fade as the easterlies or winds coming from the east will pass through the Pacific Ocean, bringing warm and humid weather in the latter days of March.
Lusoc said it will remain cold on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
Although the northeast monsoon weakened Thursday, it will intensify again during the weekend. This will affect sea currents that is why it will be risky to sail for sea transports, including small fishing boats, he pointed out.
“Ngayong araw may mga passing cloudiness tayo, medyo nag-a-accumulate ang mga kaulapan natin. Dumadami siya lalo na dito sa mga bundok dahil dyan ‘yong mataas ang evaporation ng kabundukan natin,” he added.
(Today we have passing cloudiness, they’re accumulating. They amass especially in mountainous areas because it is where evaporation happens.)
Lusoc stressed it will be less cloudy Friday due to the intensified northeast monsoon that will prevail.