Sunday 15 September, 2019

High temperatures, Saharan dust affecting T&T

Stay hydrated and stay in the cool as much as possible.

This is the advice coming from the Meteorological Service (Met Office) as daily maximum temperatures continue to average around 35 ⁰C.

A temperature high of 34 ⁰C was forecast today, while a heat index of 37⁰C was recorded.

The heat index or Feels Like Index is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature. This temperature, however, is not used to measure to daily maximum temperature.

But citizens should not expect any change in the warmth experienced as the average maximum daily temperature forecast for Trinidad for the month of August is 34 ⁰C.

The prevailing hot conditions are as a result of light winds in the lower part of the atmosphere, little cloud cover and hardly any moisture.

The Met Office is also warning those who suffer with respiratory ailments and allergies to take necessary precautions in light of a significant amount of Saharan dust over the Eastern Caribbean islands. This dust episode will continue for at least the next 24 hours.

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