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There is no heatwave – Meteo Agency assures public

The Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMaT) has described the recent hot weather being experienced in parts of the country as normal and not the result of an extraordinary occurrence in outer space.

The agency told the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday that its observations showed that temperature levels all over the country were within the normal range of between 32°C and 38°C experienced at this time of the year.

People have complained in recent times about what they consider to be excessive heat during the day and the night which, in their view, is abnormal.

However, the GMaT said the weather currently being experienced was normal for November and was nothing out of the ordinary.

The Deputy Director of Synoptic Meteorology and Forecasting at the GMaT, Mr Joe Tetteh Portuphy, explained that not many clouds were being formed these days and, therefore, the sun’s rays were beaming directly onto the earth’s surface.

He noted that there could be a heatwave should there be an increase in temperature of over five degrees above normal and an increase in relative humidity of above 70-80 per cent.

However, he said, the current temperature, compared with relative humidity, did not show that the country had the corresponding figures to get a heatwave.

Mr Portuphy further explained that current records showed that minimum and maximum temperatures in the coastal, middle and northern areas were between 32°C and 38°C, while the humidity level was between 50 and 80 per cent, adding that in places where the temperature was high, the humidity was low, and vice versa.

He said the sun had crossed the equator, and considering the fact that Ghana is closer to the equator, it was experiencing more sunshine.

The meteorologist also indicated that the sun was scorching, especially in Accra, because most of the trees and grassland that were expected to absorb the heat from the sun and provide some shade had been cut for estate development.




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