The Meteorological Service has some rather dire expectations for rainfall during the first quarter of 2020.
Via an online statement, the Meteorological Service said:
“The forecast for the upcoming three – month period of January to March indicates that rainfall is likely to be near-normal to below-normal. Since the beginning of the current dry season (December 2019), the rainfall outlook for the island has indicated that sections of the island could experience a deficit in rainfall.”
“Parishes such as Portland and St. Mary have already begun to show a notable degree of drying. Although forecast confidence is near moderate, due to weak ocean signals, the likelihood of having potential water deficit up to the end the period remains high.
“Above-normal but comfortable temperatures are likely. To experience below normal rainfall during dry seasons is far from ideal. This, therefore, calls for immediate action to minimise the negative effects of water shortages.
The statement continued: “Farmers and householders among others could consider rainwater harvesting (along with its proper storage) during occasional wet days and of course employ water conservation methods otherwise.
The Meteorological Service will continue to provide updates for the upcoming months.”
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