As Antiguans and Barbudans continue to complain about the excessive heat, there is no immediate end in sight for the uncomfortable weather conditions, according to the Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF).
In its heat outlook for May to October 2023, CariCOF says excessive heat can be expected, especially during the months of August and September.
Apparently, May to July may well be hotter than usual for most islands, according to the forecast. This period marks the first half of the Caribbean Heat Season, which is April/May to October.
Fans and other cooling devices, such as air-conditioning units, may become vital during this period, as CariCOF is predicting intense night-time and daytime heat.
This is expected for much of the Caribbean from August to September/October, marking the peak of the Heat Season.
Frequent and possibly intense episodes of heat stress are likely in the vulnerable population, and in small livestock, because high temperatures and increasing humidity, from May through September, are expected.
Antigua and Barbuda has been experiencing drought conditions for some time now, and the existing heat conditions could impact food production, since farmers and residents struggle daily to get pipe-borne water.