May 2020 – Second Warmest On Record In The Caribbean

May 2020 was the second hottest May on record for the Caribbean Region and tied 2016 for the hottest May on record globally, 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 May 2020 was at 0.95°C (1.71°F) above the 20th century average of 14.8°C (58.6°F), the highest in the 141-year record.

The 10 warmest Mays have all occurred since 1998; however, the 2014–2020 Mays are the seven warmest in the 141-year record. May 2020 also marked the 44th consecutive May and the 425th consecutive month with temperatures, at least nominally, above the 20th-century average.

In the Caribbean, based on NOAA’s data, the region had its second warmest May on record.

Selected Significant Climate Anomalies and Events: May 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, between an 80 and 100-millimeter deficit.

According to Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service, May 2020 recorded 38.9 millimeters of rainfall at Piarco, Trinidad, and 20.3 millimeters at Crown Point, Tobago. Based on long-term averages, T&T records 110 millimeters of rainfall for an average May.

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

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

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

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