Record heat experienced in September

Record heat was experienced in Saint Lucia last month, the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services reported today.

In a statement to the Times, a Met Office office official disclosed that a record temperature of 33.9 degrees Celsius was recorded on September 23, 2016.

The official explained that the previous highest temperature on record was 33.0  degrees in September, 1988.

September and October are usually the hottest months in the year.

“In the past decade every year the temperatures have been higher consistent with climate change,”the Met Services official stated.

The  maximum average temperature for September this year has been 31.1 degrees while the figure is 30.9 degrees for October so far.

Experts advise the following to cope with excessive heat:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.

According to the experts, excessive heat can affect anyone, but the  among the most vulnerable are older people, babies and young children.