When the hot becomes colder
The place where I live, Tuguegarao City in the province of Cagayan, Philippines recorded the highest temperature in the country at 42.2 degrees Celsius on 19 August 1912 and on 11 May 1969.
It is called the hottest city in the Philippines but today, according the country’s weather station, the temperature is around 19 degrees Celsius this morning.
In Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, the cold temperature is brought by “Amihan”. This refers to the Northeast Monsoon which brings cold winds during the months of December, January and February.
While countries experiencing below freezing point temperature, 19 degrees Celsius may be hot but in our place it is already cold. People who are going outside their home usually wears thick jacket specially early in the morning and in the evening.
People now use blanket when sleeping at night. During summer, in the months of March to June, people sleep with sleeveless clothes, without blanket and use electric fan and air conditioning for the well-off.