The year 2021 kicked off with a record-breaking cold night in Trinidad and Tobago when the maximum temperature cooled to 19°C at Piarco during the predawn hours yesterday, January 5, 2021.

T&T’s cold temperatures were due to colder air from the north encroaching onto Trinidad and Tobago, in conditions where the winds were mostly calm, with pre-existing very dry conditions and almost cloud-free skies for most of the night. This is the lowest temperature recorded at Piarco for January or any other month during the last decade, since 2011.

The last time January had a minimum temperature of 19.0°C was January of 2010. Still, it is not uncommon for January to produce minimum temperatures below 20°C, given that 50 of the 62 Januaries, from 1960 to 2021, have produced sub-20°C minimum temperatures. The lowest minimum temperature on record at Piarco is 16.1°C, which occurred on the nights of January 21 and 30, 1964, followed by 16.4°C on January 28, 1976.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service 2021 Dry Season Rainfall and Temperature Outlook indicated, “Few nights during January and February are likely to be relatively cold with minimum temperatures falling below 20°C.”