Jamaica weather: mainly sunny to windy
Jamaica weather forecast at 5am Wednesday, January 23, 2019, by the Meteorological Service Division.
SIGNIFICANT FEATURE… A High Pressure Ridge and a Low-Level Jet across the region.
Comment… A strong High Pressure System across the north Atlantic is extending a Ridge and sustaining a Low-Level Jet Stream across much of the Caribbean Basin, including Jamaica. The Ridge and Low-Level Jet should remain the dominant features through to early Friday, when a Pre-Frontal Trough is expected to move into the vicinity of the island.
This Morning/Afternoon… Partly cloudy mainly across northern and hilly inland areas, mainly sunny elsewhere. Windy.
Tonight… Fair. Windy along coastal areas.
Maximum temperature expected for Kingston today… 30 degrees Celsius.
Maximum temperature expected for Montego Bay today… 30 degrees Celsius.
MARINE FORECAST TODAY AND TONIGHT
INSHORE ON THE NORTH COAST
Today: Wind… East Northeasterly, 20 to 25 knots, gusting to 30 knots. Wave heights… 2.5 to 3.0 metres.
Tonight: Wind… East Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots. Wave heights… up to 2.5 metres.
INSHORE ON THE SOUTH COAST
Today: Wind... East Southeasterly, 25 knots, gusting to 35 knots. Wave heights… up to 3.5 metres.
Tonight: Wind… East Southeasterly, 15 to 25 knots. Wave heights… up to 2.5 metres.
OFFSHORE WINDS AND WEATHER
North Coast .... Easterly, 25 knots, gusting to 35 knots. Wave heights… up to 3.5 metres.
South Coast .... Easterly, 25 to 30 knots, gusting to 40 knots. Wave heights… 3.5 to 4.0 metres.
Weather… Partly cloudy.
MARINE WARNING MESSAGE
A Small Craft Warning is in effect for inshore and offshore areas of the north and south coasts due to strong winds and rough seas.
3-DAY FORECAST (starting tomorrow)
Thursday: Partly cloudy morning across eastern parishes, mainly sunny elsewhere. Partly cloudy afternoon across sections of northern and hilly inland areas, mainly sunny elsewhere. Windy especially across southern parishes.
Friday: Mainly sunny morning. Partly cloudy afternoon across western and hilly inland areas.
Saturday: Partly cloudy afternoon across hilly inland areas.
Other Current Regional Weather Features
A dissipating Stationary Front across the Turks and Caicos Islands.