July 2020 – Warmest July on Record For The Caribbean

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.

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

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.

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

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

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