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Cuba sets new records in July with temperatures of up to 39 degrees

Cuba sets new records in July with temperatures of up to 39 degrees

Cuba maintained this week a trend of recording maximum temperature records for this month of up to 39 degrees Celsius and according to the forecast of the Institute of Meteorology (Insmet) this Sunday, in the coming days the thermometers will continue with high marks.

On this day, 38 of the 68 weather stations on the island reported temperatures above 34 degreesincluding the towns of Colón, in the province of Matanzas (west) with 37.2 degrees, Bainoa (Mayabeque) with 36.5 and Casablanca, in Havana, rose to 36 degrees.

The day before, the record was broken by the station in the eastern province of Granma with 39 degrees, Insmet said.

He also recalled that up to now the maximum temperature –of 39.7 degrees – was recorded on the island on July 14, 2020 in Veguitas, in Holguín (northeast).

The presence of a cloud of dust from the Sahara that passes over the Caribbean country prompted a warning about rising temperatures, as well as a recommendation from the health authorities to wear a mask, fresh clothing, drink plenty of fluids and other protection measures.

According to studies of Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma), the projections for the Caribbean country given the effects of global warming, predict that the increase in average annual temperature will be above one degree Celsius in 2030 and will be 3.5 degrees in 2070, taking the period 1961-1990 as a reference.

Those estimates are above 1.5 established by the international community to combat the climate crisis, an increase set in the Paris Agreement as a limit to avoid the most catastrophic consequences of climate change.

Similarly, rainfall would suffer a reduction close to 10%, considering the historical average.

The year 2022 was already classified as the third hottest recorded in Cuba in seven decades, with 0.88 degrees Celsius above the average, according to a report prepared by scientists from the Insmet and the Institute of Marine Sciences, cited last Monday by official media.

Likewise, he pointed out that the years from 2019 to 2022 were “the warmest since 1951”.

He also remarked that the relative annual mean level of the sea reached “the highest value in its entire history” when rising to 30.85 centimeters.

Specifically, the report warns that this “sustained and widespread increase” in temperatures, as well as the rise in sea level is “giving rise to increasing pressures on coastal ecosystems” and causing “significant damage and losses to the economy” of Cuba.

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