Hot spell heading towards the western Caribbean this weekend

A hot spell currently sweeping through the eastern Caribbean exacerbated by a plume of dust caused by the Saharan dust layer across the region is likely to affect Jamaica and the western Caribbean over the next day or two.

Officials in many parts of the region have asked people to take precautions as temperatures are set to remain high in the coming days.

They warned the heat could cause health concerns for the vulnerable, including infants, the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

Built-up areas across most towns and cities in Jamaica could witness a slight increase in temperatures in the coming days based on the most recent forecast.

The latest computer model indicates that temperatures are likely to rise by 1-3C in some areas as there may not be any break from the heat until early next week.

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