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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.

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Soonerdad3 wrote on January 10, 2015, 8:51 PM

Forgive my ignorance but I have absolutely no idea what temperatures you wrote in your post since I don't know conversion of Celsius to Fahrenheit.

RegieEstioco wrote on January 10, 2015, 8:57 PM

The temperature converter in my cellphone says 42.2 degrees Celsius is equivalent to 107.96 degrees Fahrenheit while 19 degrees Celsius is 66.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:00 PM

Thank you for the help with the conversion on the temperatures.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:35 PM

19(C) calls for a light jacket around here. After the cold days we've had below 0(C) lately I'd love a day above 15(C).

karen5416 wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:56 AM

Its a shame we can't save some of the heat from summer for the winter months

MommyCharm wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:34 PM

indeed that is cold but temperature in Baguio is way colder! :D let us just enjoy the cold season since summer is just around the corner.

BarbRad wrote on January 12, 2015, 2:18 AM

For us it's cold at night (about 40-50 degrees F. ) but it can still be nice enough during the day to go for a walk in just a T-shirt.

AudreyG wrote on January 14, 2015, 2:05 PM

There is so much climate change in different countries at the moment. I went to the Caribbean last year in November and had to be wearing a cardigan which isn't normal as it is usually hot.

Ruby3881 wrote on January 31, 2015, 12:59 PM

Here in Canada, we always say that at the beginning of winter people are more sensitive to the cold. We wear sweaters and thick jackets, and complain of the cold when the mercury dips just a little. But after several months of winter, those same temperatures feel absolutely balmy to us. People will shed jackets and sweaters at the same temperatures that seemed so cold, a few months earlier. We may be able to measure temperature objectively, but the human experience of temperature is quite subjective!

valmnz wrote on January 31, 2015, 8:55 PM

Here where I live in New Zealand, 19C is a cool summer day, but would be considered very warm in winter. Our summer temps in my part of the country have been around 28C and 29C the last few weeks, so not as hot as your summers.

motrojam wrote on February 2, 2015, 4:49 AM

It is the cold before the heat, hehe. I use a much thicker blanket when sleeping at night.

SebastianOnciu wrote on February 5, 2015, 9:00 AM

It is winter here in my country and if the temperature goes over 10 degrees Celsius it's considered to be an unusually warm day for this time of the year, so you can imagine that here 19 degrees Celsius is never considered cold, but of course we live in different climates, and these variations in the way we perceive temperatures are normal.

Mommyjen wrote on February 20, 2015, 6:59 PM

Summer season is fast approaching. And it's going to be hotter than hell. Whew! RegieEstioco

Deema wrote on May 2, 2015, 3:23 PM

If this does not scream Global Warming, I do not know what does.