Cayman’s chilly spell breaks no records

| 13/01/2010

(CNS): Despite the chilly temperatures in the Cayman Islands over the last few days, the mercury has still not reached record lows. Even though unofficial weather stations were registering daytime temperatures lower than 61°F on Monday, it was still some way from the country’s lowest official temperature. “The record coldest temperature at the Owen Roberts International Airport is 52° F measured in February 1968,” said Chief Meteorologist John Tibbetts, who said that the official measuring and recording of temperatures started in 1962.

However, regardless of what the official thermometers say about the mercury, with sweaters, coats and woollies appearing on the streets over the last few days, Caymanians were clearly feeling the chill. And temperatures are certainly below average for this time of year. On Monday the lowest officially recorded temperature at Owen Roberts International Airport weather Station was 62 °F

While January and February are the coldest months in the Cayman Islands, the long term average is still over 71°F, considerably higher than Monday’s average temperatures, in the mid °60s which, with the cool winds, often felt considerably colder.

Of course, compared to the United States, where our chilly front has come from, and Europe, Cayman’s slight mercury dip was hardly noticeable and things are predicted to improve over the coming days when the northeast winds calm down and turn towards the southeast as the weekend approaches.  However, Cayman can expect at least another two days of cloudy cool weather and a small craft warning is still in effect.

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  1. Peter Milburn says:

    I seem to remember other times when the temps were down in the low 50’s.Diving over at s/sound one year in the late 70’s early 80’s maybe     it dipped down to at least 52 and with the wind on exiting the water it probably felt like in the 40’s.What a nice change over this past few days except for the divers(some)not wanting to dive as it was sooooo windy.They were from Chicago go figure.Long way to go yet so dont put your "woolies"away just yet.

  2. Anonymous says:

    John… where your forecast high temps have been fairly accurate, your forecast lows have been a few degrees off!!  LOL

    • Yikes... says:

      John, be careful – you start getting the weather right and we may have a problem.  I am sure the accurate highs were just an anomoly!! 

  3. Recently Enlightened says:

    Been without using the a/c for the duration of this cooler weather. I bet CUC will still find a way to charge us for it.