Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Extensive rainfall expected this weekend

The Meteorological Service has indicated that extensive rainfall is anticipated for the weekend into Monday.

A statement from the agency cited the following:

A persistent trough across Jamaica and the central Caribbean is expected to remain in the vicinity of the island throughout the weekend and into Monday.

Projections are therefore for periods of showers and thunderstorms, which may be heavy at times, to affect sections of most parishes, especially during the afternoons.

Fishers and other marine operators are urged to exercise caution as sea conditions will deteriorate in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms.

Additionally, in late afternoon on Friday, the Met Service indicated the following:

  • Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Portland, St Mary, Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine, effective until 5:00 a.m. on Saturday. 
  • A Trough system across the Jamaica and the southwestern Caribbean Sea continues to produce unstable weather conditions across the island. This has result in moderate to heavy showers across the island, with the heavier showers being recorded over eastern parishes based on automatic weather station reports.
  • The forecast is for a continuation of the showers and thunderstorms, especially over eastern parishes on Friday evening into Friday night. Flash flooding is therefore a possibility over low-lying and flood-prone areas of the eastern and south-central parishes. 

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH means that flash flooding is possible, and residents are advised to take precautionary measures, keep informed by listening to further releases from the Met Service, and be ready for quick action if flooding is observed or if a Warning is issued.

The Met Service has indicated that it will be monitoring the situation.

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