Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Met Office warns of more inclement weather

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service is warning citizens of inclement weather conditions over the next 24 hours due to a low-level convergence band passing through the area. 

In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, the Met Office said that Trinidad, and to a much lesser extent Tobago, has been experiencing cloudy conditions with periods of showers.

The Met Office said similar conditions are expected later today and will continue into tonight and tomorrow due to the passage of a low-level trough.

This trough is interacting with the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and is being enhanced by favourable upper-level conditions in the atmosphere.

"Conditions are expected to become cloudy from late this afternoon over Tobago and late tonight over Trinidad. Widespread light to moderate rain/showers can be expected with the 60% chance of heavy showers or thundershowers. These showers are expected to persist into tomorrow with gradual improvement by late afternoon."

The Met Office warns that localized street or flash flooding is likely in heavy or prolonged downpours and gusty winds may also be experienced in the vicinity of heavy showers or thundershowers.

"Landslides/landslips are also possible in hilly areas. Please note that, due to the showers experienced today, the likelihood of flooding and landslides is increased. Please be alert to the possibility of electrical discharges from thunderclouds," the release said.

Given the forecast inclement weather conditions, Citizens are advised to be vigilant and cautious as they conduct their activities.

Citizens are urged to contact the Met Office online at www.metoffice.gov.tt, or download their mobile app (search: TT Met Office).

The TTMS is reminding citizens that adequate preparations must be made to preserve life and property against adverse weather conditions.

Citizens are also assured that the country is not under any tropical cyclone threat, watch or warning. 

The TTMS will continue to closely monitor this weather event and will issue another bulletin if the situation warrants.

 

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