Heat waves will be a feature of the 2017 rainy season in Caribbean islands, especially those in the South.
That’s the word from Doctor Simon Mason of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).
A heat wave is defined as a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, which may be accompanied by high humidity.
“The projection is for as much as one third of the total days for the rainy season will be warmer than normal so the advice is for people to be ready for the heat,” Mason was quoted by CMC as saying.
The CIMH official said that with the elderly being particular vulnerable, steps must be taken in advance to assist them to cope with the effects.
He pointed out that in the United States of America heatwaves kill more people than tornadoes while in 2003 heatwaves killed 30,000 in France.
The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season began on Thursday, but the CIMH is predicting less rain and hotter days for islands of the South Caribbean.
Nevertheless, the organization is not projecting drought conditions for the region because the overall outlook is for above average rain for the entire rainy or hurricane season which officially ends on November 30.