Monday 14 October, 2019

Met Office: Inclement weather to persist over the weekend

As Trinidad and Tobago continues to experience overcast skies with periods of rain, showers and flash flooding, the Met Service (Met Office) is warning that these conditions may continue well into the weekend.

Earlier today, the Met Office issued an information bulletin which noted that Trinidad and to a lesser extent Tobago, has been experiencing inclement weather inclusive of rainfall and showers, some of which have been moderate to heavy in intensity and occasionally accompanied by gusty winds. The bulletin said this was as a result of the presence of a low-level trough in a moist and unstable atmosphere with relatively strong trade winds.

In its updated bulletin hours later, the Met Office indicated that there is a low (20%) chance of thundershower activity on Saturday and this increases to a medium (40%) chance on Sunday.

According to the bulletin, daily rainfall accumulations are expected to yield up to 60mm or even greater in some areas; the possibility of landslides or landslips remain high. Riverine/street/flash flooding is imminent. Due to the strong trade winds, gusty winds in excess of 45 km/hr may be experienced in the vicinity of showers and seas will continue to be disturbed.

The release added that cloudy to overcast skies are forecast with periods of rain or showers, some moderate to heavy in intensity.

Citizens are advised that a rough sea and flood bulletin remains in effect and are urged to pay close attention to the Met Office’s regular weather updates by visiting its website at www.metoffice.gov.tt/forecast, downloading the mobile app (search: TT Met Office) and following the Met Office’s Facebook and Twitter.

Citizens are also advised to be vigilant and ensure adequate preparations are made to preserve life and property against adverse weather conditions.

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The Met Office reiterated that Trinidad and Tobago is not under any Tropical Storm threat, watch or warning.

It said it will continue to closely monitor this weather event and will issue another bulletin if the situation warrants.

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