Caribbean Has Record-Breaking Heat Season

The Caribbean Heat Season, the time of the year during which most heatwaves occur, has since 1995 been from May to October since about 1995.

The peak period occurs during the months of August and September when high humidity coupled with reduced wind speeds increases heat discomfort.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) — with the support of the sixteen National Meteorological Services of the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation, as well as, the National Meteorological Services of Aruba, Curaçao, The Bahamas, Cuba, France, Sint Maarten, Suriname and the United States – analysed the intense heat recorded in 2020.

According to CIMH Climatologist Dr. Cédric Van Meerbeeck, September 2020 was the warmest of any month in the historical record in terms of daytime high temperatures in Aruba (34.3°C), Mabaruma, Guyana (33.4°C), at Martinique’s international airport (32.9°C) and in Saint Lucia (32.4°C at the Hewanorra International Airport).

Also, Freeport in The Bahamas, Dominica, and Tobago recorded their warmest September since at least 1980, 1975, and 1968, respectively.



2020 Human Wrongs Watch

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