Trinidad and Tobago is forecast to experience maximum high temperatures this coming week – not seen for 2021 to date.
According to a report by the T&T Weather Centre, as Hurricane Sam moves northeast of the region, a trough extending southwest of the powerful hurricane is forecast to slacken the pressure gradient across the Lesser Antilles, allowing for sunny skies and light winds – the perfect combination for high temperatures.
TTWC said rainfall is forecast during the afternoons across western and hilly areas of both islands, bringing much-needed cooling to localized areas of the country. However, high temperatures are likely Sunday through Tuesday. Slightly increased shower and thunderstorm chances on Wednesday and Thursday will limit how high maximum temperatures reach.
The weather centre said it should be noted that hotter temperatures are expected across urbanized areas like San Fernando, Chaguanas, Port of Spain, Scarborough, environs, and along the East-West Corridor.
It is important to note that every day through the next five days, late morning through afternoon showers and thunderstorms are forecast to develop across the western half and hilly areas of Trinidad, as well as parts of Tobago. Rainfall and high cloud cover will reduce maximum temperatures, possibly below what is forecasted at Piarco and Crown Point.
Through the next five days at Piarco, Trinidad, maximum high temperatures are forecast to range between 33°C and 36.0°C, with peak high temperatures forecast on Monday, September 27th, 2021. Across other areas of Trinidad, maximum high temperatures from 31°C in forested areas to as high as 41°C in urbanized areas, particularly Port of Spain and western areas of the island, are possible with the highest temperatures on Monday.
In Tobago, maximum high temperatures at Crown Point are forecast to range between 32°C and 33°C, with cooler temperatures in forested areas and higher temperatures mainly across western Tobago and urbanized locations.
The Weather Centre advised that high environmental temperatures can be dangerous to your body. In the range of 32˚C to 40˚C, you can experience heat cramps and exhaustion. Between 40˚ and 54˚C, heat exhaustion is more likely. You should limit your activities at this range.