Likely impacts of the dry season include the potential for bush fires

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Likely impacts of the dry season include the potential for bush fires

Annually throughout the country, especially along hillsides and roadways, fire hazards leave a discernable mark on the biological landscape.

The dry season generally manifests itself by reduced moisture, increased atmospheric stability, fewer deep clouds, less frequent rainfall events, warm days and cool nights, and a shift in the wind direction to mostly easterlies to north easterlies, all of which are being experienced now.

The present climatic patterns and features, such as the dominance of strong upper-level southwesterly to westerly winds over our region, the intensification of the North Atlantic sub-tropical high-pressure system, the strengthened trade-wind inversion, and stronger surface winds, signal that the region has transitioned to its drier state.

Likely impacts of the 2023 Dry Season include:

• Reduction in ground water recharge, surface water flows and rain-fed water availability;

• Increase in surface and vegetation dryness as the season progresses, which enhances the potential for bush fires.

Today’s forecast: Sunny and at times breezy with one or two brisk daytime showers.

Seas: Moderate
Waves: 1.5 – 2.0m IN OPEN WATERS
Less than 1.0m IN SHLTD AREAS