Thursday 23 November, 2017

Flooding risk high for rest of 2017

The risk for flash and riverine flooding, landslips and landslides remains high for the remainder of 2017, due to expected heavy downpours and already soaked grounds and high water levels.

The Meteorological Service (Met Office) made the observation in its Rainfall and Temperature Outlook for Trinidad and Tobago, October to December (OND) 2017, as it noted that above normal accumulated rainfall totals are likely for the three month period.

The OND outlook shows a high chance of wetter than usual conditions across both islands, with October likely to be wetter than usual, but areas in northeast Trinidad and portions of Tobago likely to be the wettest.

November is likely to be the wettest month during the period, with a strong potential for increased flooding.

A 54 percent chance exists for an above average number of extremely wet days during the three month period, with four to eight extremely wet days likely in Trinidad and three to six in Tobago.

Both day and night temperatures are likely to be warmer than average across Trinidad and Tobago during OND, with chances highest in city areas.

One or two hot spells should be expected during this time, as a 65 percent chance has been forecast for maximum temperatures equal to or exceeding 34 ⁰C in Trinidad and 32 ⁰C in Tobago, over three or more consecutive days.