San Juan breaks heat record; more hot weather expected
By The Star Staff
San Juan recorded a new record high temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, breaking the previous mark of 93 degrees set in 2012.
By midday Tuesday the thermometer had registered a record 94 degrees Fahrenheit, but an additional degree in the afternoon established another heat record.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the increase in temperature marks a new milestone in the climatological history of Puerto Rico’s capital city.
This rise in the thermometer exceeds the record set almost a decade ago and highlights the high temperatures that the city has been experiencing in recent days.
It is important to remember that high temperature levels can lead to extreme heat conditions, which in turn can have effects on the health of people and the environment, the NWS said.
“It is important that citizens take necessary precautions in the face of this increase in temperature, such as constant hydration and avoiding exposure to the sun at peak times,” the NWS advised.
Very hot conditions will persist for the rest of the workweek in the urban and coastal areas of Puerto Rico and its offshore island municipalities, the NWS said. Skies were hazy Tuesday due to Sahara dust particles, which were expected to gradually decrease throughout the week.
Higher heat rates were expected again for the northern municipalities of Puerto Rico and Culebra. No significant rainfall is expected for the next few days.
The NWS recommended taking extra precautions if working or spending time outdoors. It is important to schedule strenuous activities for the early morning or later afternoon hours, when temperatures are more moderate.
It is critical to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It is advisable to wear light and loose clothing, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, the NWS said.
To reduce the risk of heat-related injuries during outdoor work, it is recommended to schedule frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned places. If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, it is important to move them to a cool, shady place right away. In case of emergency, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.