Twenty-four hours after a period of rainy and cloudy weather on
Monday, July 31, the sun was out in full force, causing the Antigua
and Barbuda Meteorological Services to issue an urgent Excessive
This warning went into effect on Tuesday, August 1, at 7:30 a.m. and
will last until 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 3.
Forecaster Dale Destin says the heat index is expected to reach a
maximum of around 50°C or 122°F due to high temperatures,
relatively high humidity, and light winds.
“This dangerous combination,” he says, “poses health risks,
especially for sensitive groups like the elderly, young children, and
those with chronic illnesses.”
Heat illnesses, including heat cramps, exhaustion, and stroke, are
possible, and precautions are advised, he notes.
Citizens and residents are being asked to stay cool and remain
hydrated by drinking lots of water. They are also being encouraged
to check in on vulnerable individuals.