The cyclone or the wet season is coming to a close with no impending cyclone as the dry season approaches.
The cyclone/wet season starts from November and ends in April while the dry season starts next month in May.
Signs of the dry season- the high temperatures and sunny weather are already becoming regular features of the daily weather.
“ Officially the dry season starts in May and finishes in October but signs of the season are already making their appearance,” ACEO of the Meteorological Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MNRE Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea explained.
A characteristic of the dry season Samoa is experiencing is high temperatures. The normal temperature is 32 degrees Celsius but higher temperatures are now being experienced in Samoa.
“ The temperatures on some days rise slightly. The normal temperature is 32 degrees Celsius but sometimes temperatures have gone up to 34 degrees and even up 36 degrees,” Mulipola told Newsline.
“ There is no need to worry about the heat because we are used to it. The rise in temperature is caused by climate change. ”
Mulipola also pointed out the dry season does not mean it will not rain during that period. There will be rain falling.
Something that people will have to watch during the dry season is fires.
“ During the dry season the trees and grass dry because there is hardly any precipitation. Therefore it is important that precaution must be taken against starting fires for fires can spread quickly through the dry vegetation.
“Keeping the matches away from the children will help to keep fires from happening,” Mulipola said.
People must also protect themselves from the sun while outdoors Mulipola said.
“ Wear a hat or use an umbrella when outside in the sun. This advice is also for those who work in air conditioned office. They must take extreme care when stepping outside of the cool office into the heat outside.”
Mulipola also warns that the heat is intense in the mid afternoon with the sun high but the heat is more intense as the sun lowers.