Belize Braces for Heatwave with Temperatures Soaring to 100°F

Belize Braces for Heatwave with Temperatures Soaring to 100°F

For the next two days residents along the coast and in inland areas will be experiencing a heatwave of one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Love News understands that rainfall across the country has registered at zero for the month of May. The 4-day forecast from the Belize Weather Bureau has indicated a continued dry season.  As a matter of fact, it will be a scorcher this weekend, and Chief MET Officer, Ronald Gordon, is advising all to keep hydrated and stay indoors as much as possible.

Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorologist: “We expect the hot and dry weather conditions to continue at least for the next four days. As your viewers may know, our official forecast goes to four days and we’re looking at Saturday right through to Tuesday with temperatures at 100 or exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit inland. So the heat wave continues. I will say that we certainly have broken one record at least this year. You know that in early April we reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit here at the airport, which is the first time in history based on our historical record. So we have broken record here. We need to look at the other stations more closely to see if there has also been any record broken. But I can confirm that we have broken record here. Also, at least by the end of May into early June, we’re going to do an analysis of the heat wave itself to see if this has been one of the longest in recorded history because we know that we have been having these heat waves or this particular heat wave has been occurring at least from since the beginning of May, which is quite long. For the past few days, temperatures inland have been soaring above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, not Celsius, but Fahrenheit. So certainly we need to keep those precautions out. We have been issuing a heat alert practically every day for the month of May. And that means that the typical advice which is to remain hydrated, ensure you drink a lot of water, fresh juices, coconut water, whatever you may have that will keep your body hydrated. And certainly, we recommend that you try to avoid outdoor activity if you can as much as possible during the afternoon hours.”

Our newsroom reached out to the Belize Electricity Limited and learned that the company has no plans for power shedding this weekend.  According to Chief Gordon, history has shown that the rains would ordinarily start around the middle of May, but the rainy season may see a further delay into the month of June.

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