Baguio City records lowest 2017 temperature on Valentine's Day

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Baguio was enveloped in perfect cuddling weather on Valentine's Day, as temperatures in the city dropped to 8.0 degrees Celsius early Tuesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said temperatures in the city hit an all-time low for 2017, beating the previous record of 9.2 degrees Celsius set on February 12.

"Today at 5 a.m., the minimum is 8.0 degrees Celsius-- that's the lowest," PAGASA weather specialist Geraldine Nilo told CNN Philippines in a phone interview.

This month's record temperatures both surpassed the 2016 record of 10.8 degrees Celsius, PAGASA said.

The City of Pines has been chilly these past two months, with temps in February averaging 13.4 degrees Celsius.

PAGASA says this is caused by the northeast monsoon or hanging Amihan, which passes through the Philippines from China.

"We have the high pressure cell in South China, which is a bit located in the southeastern part… Masyadong malakas 'tong high pressure," Nilo said. The high pressure cell pushes the northeast monsoon from mainland Asia towards the Philippines, she said.

[Translation: We have a high-pressure cell in South China, which is a bit located in the southeastern part… The high pressure is too strong.]

The weather bureau said temperatures might drop even further in February, and that tourists and residents of the city can expect chilly temperatures until March.

"Passing rin siya, mag-we-weaken March. Late tayo last year nawala yung northeast monsoon," Nilo said.

[Translation: It will pass, it will weaken March. Last year the northeast monsoon left late.]

Baguio City and Benguet province may also have light showers the following days, but the weather will be generally fair.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Baguio was on January 18, 1961 when temperatures dropped as low as 6.3 degrees Celsius.