Looking Back: May-June-July 2023

  • The transition into the wet season was wetter than usual in the Bahamas, Cuba, southwest Dominican Republic, Grenada, southeast Haiti, and Trinidad.
  • Short-term drought developed in parts of coastal French Guiana, southwestern Jamaica.
  • As May to July formed the first half of the 2022 Heat Season and significantly warmer than usual, temperatures were particularly high, including a number of locations across the region breaking historical record high values. In addition, there was a far higher frequency of heatwaves in many places across the Caribbean Islands and Belize than in the same period in 2021 and 2022.
  • The only recorded exception to the unusually pronounced heat was southeast Jamaica, where temperatures recorded averaged over the three-month period were slightly cooler than usual.

This Bulletin provides a broad overview of climate conditions up to 3 months in advance. It is based on insights drawn from CIMH’s suite of technical climate information products and epidemiological insights from CARPHA and PAHO. The information contained herein is provided with the understanding that the CARPHA, the PAHO and the CIMH make no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of said information. The Bulletin may be freely used and disseminated by the public with appropriate acknowledgement of its source but shall not be modified in content and then presented as original material.