Met Service warns of major dry spell ahead
The Meteorological Service has painted a grim outlook for the prospects of rainfall during the first quarter of the year, which is generally characterised by dry spells.
Below normal and near-normal rainfall are predicted for the months of January, February and March.
"The forecast for the upcoming three - month period of January to March indicates that rainfall is likely to be near normal to below normal. Since the beginning of the current dry season (December 2019), the rainfall outlook for the island has indicated that sections of the island could experience a deficit in rainfall," a tweet from the Climate Branch of the Meteorological Service read.
This has triggered a call by the Meteorological Service for farmers and householders to embrace rainwater harvesting technology and water conservation methods to cushion the dry spell.
"To experience below normal rainfall during the dry season is far from ideal. This, therefore, calls for immediate action to minimise the negative effects of water shortage. Farmers and householders, among others, could consider rainwater harvesting, along with its proper storage during occasional wet days and of course, employ water conservation methods otherwise," the Meteorological Service posted on Twitter.
Meanwhile, it has been noted that parishes such as Portland and St Mary have already begun to show a notable degree of drying.
The tweet went on: "Although forecast confidence is near moderate, due to weak ocean signals, the likelihood of having potential water deficit up to the end of the period remains high. Above normal but comfortable temperatures are likely."
The Meteorological Service will continue to provide updates for the upcoming months.