Barbados Meteorological Services forecasts trough system

Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS) said on Saturday that wet conditions are expected across Barbados over the next few days from Sunday, April 23 to Thursday, April 27, associated with a surface to low-level trough system.

A statement said current model predictions suggest that most of the shower activity will occur on Monday with some isolated peaks on Sunday. However, cloudy skies and some showers are likely to persist across the island into Thursday. Rainfall accumulations of one to three inches over the next five days are expected.

The statement said the short-term climate forecast from the BMS for below-normal rain accumulation over the next few months remains, however, “this activity is one of those anomalous rainfall events previously mentioned by the department which could result in excessive rainfall for a short period during a dry spell”.

During periods of moderate to heavy showers, water settlements on roads and fields, minor traffic delays and minor runoff from higher elevations can be expected.

Additionally, if current rainfall accumulation predictions occur as the models are suggesting, Barbadians should harvest rainwater during this wet event using safe techniques as recommended by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture.

BMS also advised Barbadians to travel with protective rain gear such as an umbrella or raincoat, and suitable weather boots or shoes.

Continue to monitor official sources for updates from BMS in the event a flood watch or warning is issued. (PR/KG)

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