Met Office declares start of 2020 rainy season
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has officially declared the start of the 2020 Rainy Season following the recording of measurable rainfall from the passage of a Tropical Wave on Saturday.
The Met Office said rainfall activity associated with the passage of a Tropical Wave or the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITC2), whichever is first, signals the start of the local Rainy Season each year since these features will be the mainstay for the next six months in yielding rainfall.
In a statement, it said it has been tracking the progress of the Tropical Wave across the Atlantic Ocean for the past few days.
The Met Office said the moist and unstable environment accompanying the wave will produce the much-welcomed early season rainfall.
Moist conditions are expected to continue for at least the next 24 hours.
An overall above normal wet season is forecasted.
The Met Office said the start of the wet season, June to August, is likely to receive more rainfall than usual.
It said concern for flooding is elevated since the period June to August is usually the wettest months of the season.
The months September to November are likely to receive normal rainfall amounts with the potential for flooding still being elevated.
The Hurricane season extends from June 1 to November 30.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is estimating that for our area of interest there will most likely be six named storms from a possible range of four to eight.
Two of these are most likely to become hurricanes in our area of interest from a range of one to three.