Heat index could rise above 106°F, with punishing temperatures lasting until Tuesday, MET Office advises

In spite of the rainfall, an excessive heat index is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda. 


MET officials say that a watch came into effect from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday  and is expected to run until Tuesday, October 19. 


According to officials, pressure systems traversing the North Atlantic are interrupting the wind flow across the area, and causing favourable conditions for warmer-than-usual weather.  


The combination will likely result in the heat index – or feels-like temperature threat – rising to high levels, with the potential for extensive impact.  In this case, it could rise above 106°F or 41°C. 


MET officials warn that everyone is at risk for heat illnesses; however, the risks are greatest for the elderly; young children; people with chronic illnesses, such as breathing difficulties and heart conditions, or psychiatric illnesses; those who work or exercise in the heat; the homeless; and low-income earners. 


This excessive heat watch, MET officials say, could be updated to a warning.