August 2020: 2nd Hottest On Record Globally, 3rd Hottest In The Caribbean

August 2020 was the third hottest August on record for the Caribbean Region, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Averaged as a whole, the global land and ocean surface temperature for this year’s August was 0.94°C,  above average, and the second-highest August temperature since global records began in 1880. Only August 2016 was warmer with a temperature departure from average of +0.98°C (+1.76°F).

The 10 warmest Augusts have all occurred since 1998; however, the five warmest Augusts have occurred since 2015. August 2020 also marked the 44th consecutive August and the 428th consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.

Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events: August 2020 (Image: NCEI/NOAA)

In Trinidad and Tobago, we also experienced near-record heat and precipitation during August. This month was the sixth warmest on record (tied) across T&T in the 76 years since records began in 1946. Across Trinidad, August 2020 also became the 3rd wettest August on record (since 1946). In Tobago, it was the 4th wettest on record (since 1980).

At Piarco, August rainfall was much above average at 68% above average (average is 264.6 mm) while at Crown Point it was 43% above average (average is 164.8 mm).

Much of the Eastern Caribbean also recorded similar anomalies, with northeastern South America seeing lower overall precipitation.

Land-Only Precipitation Anomalies: August 2020 (Image: NCEI/NOAA)

For a more complete summary of climate conditions and events, see NOAA’s August 2020 Global Climate Report. You can also check here for more climate news for T&T.

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