Though skies are relatively settled early Tuesday morning, a band of showers and thunderstorms associated with Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixeast of the country is forecast to move across the islands later today.
In addition, a light southerly wind regime also associated with Potential Tropical Cyclone Six and Tropical Wave 31’s passage across the Lesser Antilles will allow for strong daytime heating, sea breeze convergence, and orographic effects to trigger heavy showers and thunderstorms across mainly Trinidad.
There is a high potential for heavy to violent rainfall rates, mainly across western and northern areas of Trinidad, accompanied by gusty winds.
The Adverse Weather Alert
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has updated the Adverse Weather Alert (Yellow Level) on Tuesday morning at 6:16 AM. The alert remains in effect through 6:00 PM Tuesday 10th August 2021 for Trinidad, particularly northern areas.
Trinidad and Tobago is not under any tropical storm watch or warning at this time.
“Although there has been improvement in weather conditions, there is still a high (70%) chance of heavy showers/thunderstorms with the threat of gusty winds in excess 45km/hr. Street/flash flooding is likely in heavy downpours.” according to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service. This “alert” status takes into account the possibility of the event occurring. This adverse weather event is likely.
The color of the alert indicates the severity of the event and the probability of the event occurring. Currently, the alert level is at Yellow. This means that the hazard is likely, but the severity of impacts is moderate for this particular alert. You should be aware of the hazards in your area associated with gusty winds in excess of 45 KM/H, street, and flash flooding as well as landslides.
For a moderate Adverse Weather Alert, there is the potential for possible injuries, where behavioral changes are required to ensure safety. There may be minor damage to property, with income-earning temporarily disrupted and a couple of communities are affected.
The Met Office is advising the public to monitor weather conditions and updates from official sources.