HAVANA._ Despite forecasts for even further rises in temperatures for this summer in Cuba, a majority of locals have their sights firmly fixed on the beach, outings, and on facing day to day difficulties with a smile.
Experts are talking about a very hot summer this year. The Meteorological Institute Climate Center recognizes that temperatures close to or above average, equally in eastern, western and central regions, will be commonplace, perhaps until October.
For the three-month period from May to July average or greater than average rainfall is forecast, although the August to October period could undermine the value of these precipitations.
Some 80 percent of national average rainfall is usually accumulated between May and October, which depends to a large extent on tropical waves, hurricanes and other weather systems. So, if there is less rain between August and October, daytime heat in particular, can rise.
But “summer is here“ is a type of allegory which is almost always accompanied by a seasonal theme tune, video clips of a pop idol, and a joyfulness that seems to defy high temperatures.
In addition to being on the frontiers of tropical and extra tropical circulation, Cuba is geographically located close to the Tropic of Cancer which accounts for the high intensity rays.
This, according to experts, explains why, from April to November, frontal and anti-cyclonic influenced systems cause weather variations to occur more frequently while from May to October conditions are more stable.
So, even though summers are notable for the extreme heat and temperatures are generally high, annual average values range between 24 degrees centigrade on the plains and 26 on eastern coasts.
Records show that the temperature in Cuba‘s easternmost province of Guantanamo rose to 38.6 degrees centigrade on August 7, 1969, while in Bainoa, in the west, they fell to 0.6 degrees on February 18, 1996.
An average relative humidity of almost 80 percent, with peaks over 90 percent, is another factor that contributes to feeling uncomfortably hot.
Therefore, in Cuba the talk is not of summer, winter, spring or autumn, rather of wet and dry seasons and scarce cold spells.
There is perfectly apt traditional refrain regarding the “eternal Cuban summer,“ which adds a particular tone to those areas of natural beauty, ideal -- in spite of soaring temperatures -- for seasonal excursions. There is no reason to doubt that this year, as is the norm on this Caribbean island, the summer will be spiced by the traditional ingredients of music and joy.Share on FB Share on TT