14ymedio, Havana, July 1, 2019 — This June 30 in the afternoon the record for heat in Cuba was broken when the station in Veguitas, province of Granma, registered a maximum temperature of 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 F), as the Institute of Meteorology reported this Monday.
Armando Caymares, of the National Forecast Center, told the official press that this maximum was reported at 3:30 in the afternoon and it is the most notable value since records started being kept at a national level.
The data was later ratified by experts from the Cliamte Center who certified the new national record of absolute heat.
As Caymares explained, the few clouds and the weakness of the wind favored the intense evening warm-up in the area; a high pressure system in the low and medium levels of the troposphere influenced the eastern region.
The Twitter account @invntario, which posts data about Cuba, offered records going back to 1901.
Why limit yourself to feeling the heat when you can also visualize it?
This is how the average monthly temperatures (C) have behaved in Cuba from 1901 to March of 2019 pic.twitter.com/8boDTF4erK
Previously the record was 38.8 (101.8 F) degrees, and it was recorded in Jucarito on April 17, 1999.
This Sunday the maximum temperatures marked by thermometers in Cuba fluctuated between 32 and 35 degrees Celsius, although they were higher in some places in the eastern provinces. For this week forecasts indicate possible temperatures around 33 degrees Celsius.
Translated by: Sheilagh Herrera
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