In case you missed it, a recent study published in the journal Nature, has predicted Kingston will face unprecedented heat levels by a little after 2020.
The study pinpoints the probable dates for when cities and ecosystems worldwide will face the hotter-than-ever temperatures. By the scientists' predictions, by 2047, every year after will probably be hotter than 2005, the hottest recorded year, ever!
They say that eventually, the coldest year in any particular region or city will be hotter than the hottest year in its past. I guess this is what Capleton was talking about when he said "more fyah!".
Sounds like at this rate we won't need stoves and microwaves; we can just put our food outside and wait for a few minutes. Want to buy a dryer because you can't wait for the sun to dry your clothes naturally? Won't be a problem in the future. Just plop the clothes on the line and they'll be done in a jiffy.
Now the study didn't mention exactly what degrees we might be looking for. And I'm yet to find a temperature that scientists believe our skin can't tolerate. As my dermatologist pointed out, you won't need a spacesuit to go walking around, unless of course you're actually in outer space, so there's no ozone layer to filter the light from the sun. If that was the case, then you would burn like the chicken you left in the pot too long. But you would suffocate first because there's no oxygen in space either.
But I digress. I'm guessing that everyday errands we are so accustomed to doing with little or no fuss, will become very difficult. If people are crying about the heat already, imagine if the projections are correct. If you're trying to sprinkle your plants (if any will be growing) the water might evaporate soon after it leaves the hose. Jamaicans love their sports, especially the outside variety. The Sunday afternoon ball game, or the one-day cricket match may not be so fun anymore. The tanning salons may go out of business though. You can toast for free.
But I'm a little confused about something. There was a report before that said scientists are 95 per cent sure humans are the major cause of global warming. Why this is even still a debate I'm not sure. Of course the religious fanatics will point to 'scripture' and say that this is all some precursor to a fiery demise for the heathen. So you all have time to prepare before it's too hot, I mean late.
One thing I can tell you, if you ever wanted to get into the bottled water industry, now would be a good time. In a few years, you can't lose!
Cool down with me at firstname.lastname@example.org