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Baguio temperature normalizing amidst weakening 'amihan'

BAGUIO CITY, Feb. 26 – Mountain resort Baguio City experienced Wednesday its regular summer weather marked by temperature 13°C to 21°C and unpredictable rainshowers.

According to Letty Dispo, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster, rise in the city's average temperature from 10°C to 13.4°C over the past eight days is due to slackening of the northeast monsoon or 'amihan' wind that continues affecting the country.

Normalization of Baguio City's weather occurred in time for the month-long flower festival's forthcoming closure.

Authorities estimated the festival drew about a million people to Baguio City, the Philippines' summer capital.

City tourism officer Benny Alhambra said cool weather has always been Baguio's top crowd drawer, however.

During March and April, when lowlands nationwide experience temperature ranging from 21°C to 34°C, Baguio enjoys cooler conditions between 15°C and 26°C only.

Warmth Baguio experiences during drought-driving El Nino episodes is also lesser than temperature in other areas of the country.

This week, some 10,000 visitors enjoyed 'Session Road in Bloom,' the activity which allowed Baguio's cafes to serve respective customers outdoors and enabled exhibitors to display and sell their products.

Light rainshowers disrupted the activity, however, and sent a number of people scampering for cover while others chose to continue viewing the products on display.

Alhambra is optimistic Baguio's weather won't disrupt activities of future visitors who'll flock to the city for the annual Philippine Military Academy graduation rites and Lenten season. (PNA)


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