UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles: St Lucia Page: 1
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UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles
C McSweeney', M New'2 andG Lbzcono
1 school ofGeographyandEnvironment Universityof ford
2 Tyndall Centre for ClimateChange Research
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St Lucia is one of the southern Caribbean Islands, located at 14N, and experiences the year-round
warm, humid conditions associated with the Tropics Mean temperature in summer months is
around 27C, dropping by only a degree or so to 25-26C in the cooler months of December to
February The wet season occurs through Mayto October, during which the island receives up to
300mm per month
Inter- annual variability in the Southern Caribbean climate is influenced strongly the El Nino Southern
El Niio episodes bring warmer and drier than average conditions between June
and August and La Nina episodes bringcolder and wetter conditions at this time St Lucia lies on the
southern edge of the Atlantic hurricane belt and is rarely, but occasionally, affected by hurricanes
which occur throughout August, September and October
Recent Climate Trends
* Mean annual temperature in St Lucia has increased by around 0 7C since 1960, at an
average rate of 0 16C per decade
* There is insufficient daily observational data to identify trends in daily temperature
* Mean rainfall over St Lucia has increased in SON, by 16 1 per month (6 1%) per decade since
1960, but this increase is not statistically significant
This increase is offset partially by
decreases of around 9 Omm per month (3 2%) per decade in JJA
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McSweeney, C.; New, M. & Lizcano, G. UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles: St Lucia, text, January 2006; 304 East 45th Street, Fl. 9 New York, NY 10017. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc226743/m1/1/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .