The hot weather is cyclical and every year around April/May, the heat is on. But if the days seem warmer to you, it is because the temperatures are in the hundreds and the breeze doesn’t help. The heat wave won’t let up until Thursday when it is expected to rain in some parts of the country, but as News Five found out from Chief Met Officer Ronald Gordon, the sweltering weather condition is normal.

Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorological Officer

“These are the type of temperatures we normally get around this time of the year. We are in the hottest part of the year for us in this country and the region, certainly around Central America, Yucatan Peninsula area. So typically, every May we get these types of heat waves across the country. So far, we have been experiencing temperatures in the triple digits – one hundred and four, one hundred and two degrees Fahrenheit in the inland areas – and in the lower nineties along some coastal areas of the country. This has been occurring since Sunday, we had the peak and we continue to have that type of conditions lasting today and will continue trough until tomorrow until we see some changes.”

Stay Inside and Hydrated during Heat Wave

Although we are in the dry season, Gordon says that it cannot be described as a drought because the analysed data indicates this type of weather will continue up to end of May, early June. While rains are expected for Thursday and Friday in the south, by Saturday, we will be back to the dry weather. The Chief Met Officer gave advice to residents, including farmers as they continue to monitor the weather conditions.

Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorological Officer

“We have been issuing our heat alerts. We typically do that this time of the year, especially when our temperatures inland are way in the high nineties. And what we advise residents to do is try to remain indoors. I know that is not possible for everyone; there are people who naturally have to work outdoors. We advise people who need to be outdoors, if you can, wear clothing, at least a hat or something that would shade you from direct sunlight – do so. And of course, one of the most important things is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of juice, water, avoid carbonated beverages, but drink a lot of water and natural juices to remain hydrated. Look after vulnerable persons, the elderly and young children; you don’t want to leave them unattended. What we advise our residents, especially farmers to do is to monitor our four-day forecast especially to see those changes taking effect and then you can gradually see that the rainy season has started or not.”

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