The 2020 Dry Season is upon us, according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service’s (TTMS).
Climatologist, Kenneth Kerr, speaking at a Ministry of Public Utilities press conference on Tuesday, said the evidence is now present that the region has transitioned into a drier state as a number of the climatic features that are used to indicate the onset of the dry season is present.
Generally, a typical dry season is expected with the TTMS predicting near-normal dry season conditions with near-average rainfall totals from January to March 2020, but slightly wetter conditions are predicted from April to May. Kerr also explained that the peak of the dry season would follow the climatological norms, with February and March being the driest months of the year.
Short-lived hot spells are possible between March and May 2020, with peak temperatures near 34°C between April and May. Hot spells are periods where daytime temperatures in Trinidad exceed maximum highs of 34°C and 32°C in Tobago, with minimum nighttime lows of 25°C across both islands for at least three to five days.
The Met Office also released statistics for 2019, with the year being the third driest since observations began in 1946 at Piarco, following 1957 and 1959. The 2019 wet season was also the ninth driest on record.
The rainfall deficiencies have adversely impacted reservoirs heading into the 2020 dry season.
“We do have water, the water is there,” Minister of Public Utilities Robert Le Hunte said, adding “if we use all the water and we open the taps and run the capacity at 100 per cent, what will happen is that what we have by the latter part (of the dry season), we will not have sufficient water based on our projections for water usage.”