The atmospheric heat prevailing in the country is the result of the present position of the sun, Mr Michael Padi, Senior Meteorologist at the Ghana Meteorological Agency, Kotoka international Airport has said.

?The sun is directly above the country around this time of the year, so its rays are hitting us directly,? Mr Padi said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.

He said previously, the sun was positioned at an angle towards the country which minimised the heat it generated.

Mr Padi said as the sun continue moving towards the north, it would be shifting from its present position of being directly above the country, which would equally result in less atmospheric heat.

?By June, the sun reaches its northernmost position, which is quite far from us,? Mr Padi said adding that presently, there is an increase in cloud build-up which is minimising the intensity of the sun?s heat.

Mr Padi said a change in the weather system last month, caused dry air to be blown from the Sahara desert ?into our atmosphere?, minimising atmospheric moisture which in turn, decreased the intensity and frequency of rainfall, despite the fact that the country is in the rainy season.

He said the present air mass in the country is from the sea, ?and this results in the build-up of atmospheric moisture?.

Mr Padi said the heat from the sun evaporated this moisture, which went back to form clouds in the skies and in turn, these clouds absorbed the heat from the sun and prevented the atmosphere from the full effects of the sun?s rays.

He said atmospheric heat is, therefore, likely to reduce for the rest of the rainy season, adding that by the dictates of present weather systems, ?we are not likely to experience atmospheric dryness again during this rainy season?.

Touching on temperature trends within the country, he said, in January, the coastal area read 34 degrees Celsius, the mid-sector 35 degrees Celsius and the northern sector 39 degrees Celsius.

In February, Mr Padi said, the coastal sector read 33 degrees Celsius, the mid sector 36 degrees Celsius and the north 38 degrees Celsius.

He said the temperatures for March read 34 degrees Celsius for the coast, 38 degrees Celsius for the mid sector and 32 degrees Celsius for the north.

Mr Padi said the month of April read 34 degrees Celsius for the coastal, 36 degrees Celsius for the middle sector and 43 degrees Celsius for the northern sector.



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