For the first time since the new Early Warning System was implemented by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) in 2018, an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) was issued for T&T during the Dry Season

The alert will go into effect from 8:00 AM Sunday 28th March 2021 through 2:00 PM Tuesday 30th March 2021, ending an already wet March. March is typically one of the driest months of the Dry Season.

According to the TTMS, “Periods of rain and showers of varying intensities, are expected mainly on Sunday and Monday, with a 60-70% (medium to high) chance of thunderstorm activity. Gusty winds in excess of 55 km/hr may be experienced especially in the vicinity of showers/thunderstorms and localized flooding is highly likely. Seas can become agitated due to the strong winds.”

Showers have been affecting the country for the last 36 hours, but the most intense activity is expected between Sunday and Tuesday.

In their latest forecast for T&T, issued at 10:00 AM Saturday, “Partly cloudy to cloudy and breezy with occasional showers, some moderate to heavy at times, and spells of rain occurring in varying localities. Conditions will persist overnight. Street flooding and gusty winds may accompany showers.”

The service is advising the public to monitor updates accordingly from official sources.

According to the TTMS, the outlook is based solely on rainfall and should be used only for guidance. In the TTMS’ Rainfall and Temperature Outlook issued in March 2021, the Office called for “slightly wetter than usual over most areas of Trinidad, with above-normal rainfall most likely, in large areas.” for the second half of the 2021 Dry Season.

Reporter: Kalain Hosein