Hottest June in Cuba in 60 Years
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- 07 / 22 / 2010
According to Granma newspaper, temperatures for the month remained above the annual average in almost all the provinces of the country although it was slightly higher in the western and central regions, particularly in Havana, Habana province, Cienfuegos, Villa Clara and Sancti Spiritus.
Two records were registered in the meteorological stations of Cienfuegos and Cayo Coco, in Ciego de Avila province, where temperaturas rose to 35,1 and 36,6 degrees Celsius on June 4 and 7, respectively.
Specialists with the Climate Center of the Meteorology Institute reported that, over the last three months, the surface temperature in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea reached average figures similar to or higher than those of 1998 and 2005.
They added that the oceanic and atmospheric conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean are likely to evolve toward an ENSO (La Niña) phenomenon that could fully develop in July or August.
La Niña is a coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that is the counterpart of El Niño as part of the broader El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate pattern. During a period of La Niña, the sea surface temperature across the equatorial Eastern Central Pacific Ocean will be lower than normal by 3-5 degrees Celsius. In this context, there’s an increase of the hurricane activity in the tropical Atlantic region.