This marks the 6th year in a row the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has declared the Wet Season in May. The Wet Season typically runs from June through December.
There is no fixed date for the beginning of the wet season. Historically, April into May are the transitional months into a wetter climate. The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service will officially declare the start of the annual wet season once one of two features move across Trinidad and Tobago, triggering rainfall.
On the first occurrence of a tropical wave or the ITCZ moves across T&T, producing rainfall, the TTMS can declare the start of the wet season.
According to the TTMS, an overall above-normal wet season is forecast. The start of the wet season, June to August, is likely to receive more rainfall than usual. There is concern that flooding is elevated since the period June through August are usually the wettest months of the season.
The Hurricane Season also extends from 1st June through 30th November. An overall above active Hurricane Season is also expected. Based on the TTMS forecast, for the area east of T&T, there will most likely be six (6) named storms from a possible range of four (4) to eight (8). Two (2) of these are most likely to become hurricanes in our area of interest from a range of one (1) to three (3).