As the second massive trail of Saharan dust is expected to move across the tropical North Atlantic Ocean and sections of the Caribbean this week. The forecast for the next several days indicates hazy and hot conditions will affect most Caribbean Islands including Jamaica.
Jamaicans are, therefore, being advised to take the necessary precaution, especially those individuals that have to work outside in areas that are exposed to the direct sunlight. The heating effect will be further exacerbated due to the presence of Saharan Air Layer, this dry, dusty air mass forms over the Sahara Desert during late spring, summer and early fall, and typically moves westward over the tropical Atlantic Ocean every three to five days. The phenomenon generally signifies poor air quality as well as elevated temperatures, therefore, Jamaicans are being advised to stay hydrated during this time. Some persons may also experience some minor respiratory symptoms due to the influx of dust into the atmosphere.
In June Jamaica recorded the highest temperatures ever in Kingston, although we are not predicting that temperatures could exceed those records highs of last month, persons could still experience varying levels of discomforts as temperatures continue to trend upwards.