Excessive heat watch might be declared over next four days as
level potentially could rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit
Antigua and Barbuda may have to be placed under an excessive heat
watch over the next four days, as the heat index has the potential to
rise to more than 41°C, or 106 °F, in some areas.
Forecaster Dale Destin says the winds are forecast to drop to light
speeds on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, by most models,
and the country is already facing a heat wave, with hot and humid
“This will likely allow for the combination of heat and humidity to
cause the heat index – or feels-like temperature – threat level to rise
to, at least, moderate,” he says.
Accordingly, it is possible that an excessive heat outlook could be
issued. This is done only when the potential exists for an excessive
heat event – that is, a heat index of 38 °C or 100 °F or higher … in the
next three to seven days.
Destin reminds residents that this level of heat puts everyone at risk
for illnesses; however, the risks are greatest for the elderly, young
children, and people with chronic illnesses such as breathing
difficulties, heart conditions, or psychiatric illnesses.
Additionally, people who work or who exercise in the heat,
homeless people, and low-income earners are also susceptible.
Meanwhile, forecasters say that as countries worldwide are feeling
unprecedented heat, the earth experienced the hottest June on
record, which was felt in the Caribbean this year.
June’s heat level surpassed the previous record set in 2019, Destin