Dry weather conditions are expected to continue through June in St. Maarten due to the limited amount of rainfall experienced over the past three months and below average rainfall forecasted for the next three months, according to the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS).
The short term drought and associated increase in dust, as well as, potential soot and smoke from bushfires may contribute to higher concentrations of airborne matter. Persons with respiratory illnesses should remain alert.
During this period, excessive exposure due to dangerous UV radiation can cause skin damage across the population, especially on sunny days. UV index will be very high to extremely high on sunny days. When outdoors, apply sunscreen lotion regularly, and seek shaded areas from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
The marine sector is urged by MDS to monitor daily forecasts for marine conditions as northerly swells and strong winds are more frequent this time of year and can create hazardous sea conditions.
Looking back at March 2021, the average daily temperature was 26.1 degrees Celsius (oC) /79 degrees Fahrenheit (oF).
The warmest days were March 7 and 23 with an average temperature of 26.8oC/80oF.
The coolest day was March 1 with an average temperature of 25.1oC/77oF.
The day with the most sunshine hours was March 21 with 11 hours, 24 minutes.
The day with the least sunshine hours was March 20 (4hrs, 30min).
The windiest day was March 30 with a daily average wind speed of 14 knot/16 miles per hour.
The day with the highest wind gust was the 31st with a gust of 34kt/39 mph.
There were 10 days with rainfall in March; none were heavy rainfall days.
The longest dry spell was six days – March 1-6.