It’s been 30 years since Lima has experienced a winter as intense as this one and around the city temperatures are regularly falling as low as 12 degrees Celsius (53 F). The abnormally cold weather is expected to continue through September, delaying the beginning of spring, the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology said.
Yesterday, for example, thermometers marked 12.9 degrees in the districts of La Molina and Ate, and only slightly higher, 14 degrees, in Chorrillos and Barranco.
Meanwhile, humidity levels reached 97 percent in Lima and 100 percent in Callao. Additionally, Lima and Callao woke up to what locals called “strong rain” that lasted more than 12 hours (from Sunday evening to Monday).
Meteorologist Felix Cuba says that the combination of rain and high humidity make the temperature feel colder. He recommends that people wear warm clothes at all time to avoid illness.
Cuba says the cold ocean temperature is the main factor behind the abnormally cold winter.
“The cold wind is moving the moisture, and this, in turn, produces the intense rains,” Cuba told Peru21. “ These conditions have been around all winter, unlike other coastal cities to the north and south of the country.”
He predicts gray skies and more prolonged rainfall in the next few weeks, especially in the early morning hours, as has been recorded in the last few weeks.
If we use the official data of the Jorge Chavez airport, the minimum temperature, maximum temperature and the continuity of days with cloud coverage, we can say that this winter is one of the most severe of the last few years, says weather expert Abraham Levy.
Lima’s topography and coastline make it a perfect “spillway” for moist air.
Lima has not seen sunshine in 18 days.