Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Met Office: Scorching temperatures normal for August

Over the last few days, the heat bearing down has made it seem as if Barbados is but a few inches from the sun. However, the Barbados Meteorological Services has said the temperatures recorded so far for the month of August have not been out of the normal. 

The Met Office explained the highest maximum temperatures for the month so far was 31.2°C which was recorded on August 1 and 31.1°C on August 7. On the remaining days, maximum temperatures ranged between 29.8° and 30.9°C.  

These values are well below the highest maximum ever recorded at the Grantley Adams International Airport of 33.1°C which was observed back in September, 2005. The 30-year average, 1981-2010, showed the maximum temperature for August is 30. 9°C.  

In comparison, relatively high maximum temperatures were observed in Barbados in August of 1998, August 2009 and again in August 2015. These temperatures were most extreme in August of 1998 when temperatures ranged between 32 and 32.9°C on 14 occasions while in 2015 maximum temperatures ranged between 32 and 32.4° on 10 occasions.  

In 2009, maximum temperatures ranged between 31 and 31.8°C on 29 occasions.  

The Met Office said during the remainder of August, 2018 it is anticipated that maximum temperatures may reach similar levels to those quoted above.



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