July 2020 was the hottest July on record for the Caribbean Region and tied with 2016 as the second-highest July temperature departure on record, 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 July 2020 was 0.92°C, tying with 2016 as the second-highest July temperature departure from average in the 141-year record.
Nine of the 10 warmest Julys have occurred since 2010; the six warmest Julys have occurred since 2015. July 2020 marked the 44th consecutive July and the 427th consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.
The Caribbean region had its warmest July on record, with a temperature departure of 1.24°C (2.23°F) above average. This was 0.09°C (0.16°F) above the previous record set in 2016. The Caribbean region’s five warmest Julys have occurred since 1998.
In Trinidad and Tobago, we also experienced much drier than usual conditions, with precipitation coming in between 25% to 50% of our long-term-averages, over a 100-millimeter deficit.
According to Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, July this year recorded 100.1 millimeters of rainfall at Piarco, Trinidad, and 160.5 millimeters at Crown Point, Tobago. Based on long-term averages, T&T records 251 millimeters of rainfall for an average July.
Much of the Eastern Caribbean also recorded similar deficits, with northeastern South America seeing lower overall precipitation.