Did it feel as hot as 43°C in Trinidad today? The Met Office says yes.

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    Today, is the hottest day of the year recorded at Piarco, according to the T&T Met Service.

    It says both on Thursday September 12th and today, the thermometers read 34.3°C.

    And, the Heat Index (or ‘Feels Like’ temperature) on these days would have been 41°C to 43°C.

    The ODPM has issued tips for persons to keep cool on these hot days:

    · Keep hydrated – drink two to four cups of water every hour.
    · Avoid drinks with caffeine or large amounts of sugar.
    · Limit your exposure to direct sunlight and curtail your outdoor activities to mornings and evenings.
    · If direct sunlight cannot be avoided, rest often in a shaded area or if indoors, use fans or air-conditioning.
    · Avoid strenuous activity during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
    · When outdoors during the daytime, wear some form of head protection, preferably a wide-brimmed hat, to protect your head and face.
    · Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-coloured clothes and cover your arms where possible.
    · Keep a check on older adults, children, and people with chronic medical conditions who may be more prone to the impacts of excessive heat.
    · Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
    · Make frequent checks on elderly or disabled neighbours living alone.

    Remember, with increased temperatures and days of hot, dry conditions, let us be prepared, look out for each other, and use these tips to help you beat the heat.

    An increase in showers/thunderstorm activity is likely over the next few days, but periods of sunshine is still expected.🌦⛈

    An increase in moisture and instability is expected over the next few days, as the ITCZ and tropical wave activity will be present in our area. This is expected to result in periods of rainfall and thunderstorm activity, however intervals of sunshine are still expected.