Trinidad experienced a record-breaking cold night when the minimum temperature cooled to 18.3 C at Piarco during the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service says this was due to colder air from the north encroaching onto the country, where the winds were mostly calm, with pre-existing very dry conditions and almost cloud-free skies for most of the night.
In a media release the Met Service says this is the lowest temperature recorded at Piarco for January during the last decade, since 2012.
The lowest minimum temperature on record at Piarco is 16.1 C, which occurred on the nights of January 21 and 30, 1964, followed by 16.4 C on the night of January 28, 1976.
Although there was a slow start to the cool season in Trinidad and Tobago.
The first half of January had cool temperatures in the mid to lower 20s, eventually dropping to low 20’s during the second half of January and culminating during this last week with morning temperatures below 20 C.
There is a high probability that cool nights will continue into the first week of February and possibly drop lower than 18.3 C.
Therefore individuals who are susceptible to low temperatures and who experience respiratory ailments must be proactive at this time and wear warm and/or extra clothing, especially during this coming week.