Barbados' lowest temperature recorded in 1984
To those in Barbados who are discussing how cold it is especially at night and in the wee hours of the mornings this week, the Barbados Meteorological Service is assuring citizens and visitors: "This is usual".
Barbados recorded a record low of 16.5 degrees Celsius once at the Grantley Adams International Airport back in 1984, "a long, long, long time ago" according to Meteorologist Brian Murray.
Chatting with Loop News today, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, after recording a 20.5 degree Celsius reading at the Charnocks-located facility in Christ Church, he reiterated: "It is winter so this is nothing unusual."
But he admitted that he is mindful that for persons in other parts of Barbados "in higher elevation, there can be lower readings".
Explaining how winter in North America affects the Caribbean, he said the cold air is assisted by a series of high-pressure systems off the Eastern coast of the USA.
He stated: "Because of the clockwise winds, the North-easterly winds pull the air from the higher latitudes and we get cooler temperatures down here, but again, this is the usual pattern, it's nothing unusual though."