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Heavy rains at Vessigny Beach, Vessigny, yesterday, did not stop this couple from taking a stroll in the sand. The Met office has issued an adverse weather alert advising persons to exercise caution while at beaches and places known to flood. The weather alert takes effect from today and is expected to last untill Tuesday.

For the first time since the new early warning system was implemented by the T&T Meteorological Service (TTMS) in 2018, an adverse weather alert (Yellow Level) has been issued for T&T during the dry season

The alert will go into effect from 8 am today to 2 pm Tuesday, ending an already wet March. This month is typically one of the driest 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 per cent (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 localised 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 today and Tuesday.

In their latest forecast for T&T, issued at 10 am yesterday, the TTMS said: “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 from official sources.

According to the TTMS, the outlook is based solely on rainfall and should be used only for guidance. The TTMS’ Rainfall and Temperature Outlook issued this month forecast “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.