The Cuban Meteorological Institute (Insmet) warned on its social networks that the feeling of heat is strong this weekend, due to the direct impact of dust from the Sahara, and that many meteorological stations on the island recorded high temperatures between July 22 and 24.
According to published information on Twitter, “Temperatures rose again across the country today. At 35 weather stations, the maximum temperature was recorded equal to or higher than 35 °C, setting new potential records at some stations.
For example, on Sunday, July 23, in Colon, Madanzas, the temperature exceeded 37 degrees, the data shows, with a feeling of heat over 40 degrees. In Jagüey Grande and Varadero, they were above 35 and 36 degrees. Temperatures also exceeded 36 degrees in Havana’s Mayabeque, Pinar del Rio or Casablanca.
Over the weekend, Insmet warned, “A new dust from the Sahara is advancing over the Atlantic and approaching the Caribbean. This will increase the usual concentrations of Sahara dust over Cuba, which will cause a new decrease in rain starting Friday and maintain the feeling of extreme heat.
Weather today in Cuba
Last week, on the afternoon of July 16, the Guira de Melina weather station in Artemisa recorded a maximum temperature of 36.8 degrees Celsius, the absolute highest temperature recorded at the station in July.
Insmet’s morning report confirms that there will be no change for the day on the island. “Afternoons will be hot, with maximum temperatures ranging from 33 to 36 degrees Celsius, higher in the interior. Night temperatures will be between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius, higher in coastal areas.
“Winds will be light variable in the morning and northeast to east in the afternoon at a speed of 10 to 25 km/h. There will be small swells along both east coasts, with swells to the east north in the afternoon. The sea will be calm on the rest of the coasts, with small waves increasing in the west north in the afternoon,” they conclude.