The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued an Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) for Trinidad, Tobago, and surrounding marine areas. The alert goes into effect at 5:00 AM Tuesday and remains in effect through 6:00 PM Tuesday, May 4th, 2021.
According to the Met Office, “there is a high potential for moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms initially favouring Tobago and offshore areas between Trinidad and Tobago from early morning. Activity is expected to spread across Trinidad as the day progresses. Localized flooding, landslips, and gusty winds in excess of 45 KM/H are likely in areas of heavy showers or thunderstorms.”
The color of the alert indicates the severity of the event and the probability of the event occurring. Currently, the alert level is Yellow. This means that the hazard is possible. The public is advised to be aware of the impacts of street/flash flooding and gusty winds in your area. Areas prone to landslides should also be mindful of the hazard and effects.
The TTMS’ latest forecast for Tuesday calls for “cloudy conditions with intermittent showers/periods of rain. There is a high chance (70%) of heavy showers/thunderstorms favouring the morning and early afternoon. Conditions expected to settle by nightfall.”
The Met Office is advising the public to monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources.
In their Rainfall and Temperature Outlook, issued on April 19th, 2021, the TTMS called for enhanced rainfall during the first week of May, with drier conditions during the second and third week of the month. The Met Office attributed these conditions to a phenomenon called the Madden Julian Oscillation, though the note that near sea-surface temperatures near T&T would be the primary influencer of our local climate in the short term. These conditions remain part of the “wetter than usual” 2021 Dry Season.
Reporter: Kalain Hosein