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New Aug. 27 heat record set for San Juan metro area

A new record high temperature for the San Juan metro area, 95 degrees Fahrenheit, was reached a little past noon on Sunday, eclipsing the previous record for Aug. 27 set 41 years ago, according to the National Weather Service.

By The Star Staff

The National Weather Service (NWS) reported Sunday that a new heat record for Aug. 27 was set in the San Juan metropolitan area.

“We have a new record for the San Juan area with 95 degrees Fahrenheit reached at 12:14 p.m. (the previous record was 93 set in 1982), and the record was tied on St. Croix with 92F (the previous record is from 1993),” the agency wrote on Twitter. “It may continue to rise later this afternoon.”

Another record temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit for the San Juan metro area was set last Thursday at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which surpassed the previous record of 94 degrees set on the same date in 1976.

The all-time record high temperature for the San Juan area is 98 degrees Fahrenheit, set on Oct. 9, 1981.

A heat advisory was in effect from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the afternoon Sunday.

A limited heat advisory with a heat index of 102-107 degrees Fahrenheit was in effect on Puerto Rico’s southern coast, while an elevated heat index of 108 to 111 degrees was in effect across the urban and coastal areas from west/northwest to eastern Puerto Rico, Culebra, Vieques, and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Heat exhaustion is possible with prolonged exposure, and heat stroke is also possible, the NWS said.

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