Live Updates – The ITCZ & Tropical Wave 61 (Day 1)

The ITCZ is forecast to affect Trinidad and Tobago between on Tuesday 5th November and Wednesday 6th November, bringing periods of showers and thunderstorms. This will trigger street and flash flooding; downed trees, utility poles, and lines; landslides/landslips; power outages and possible hazardous seas. Live Updates for Tuesday 5th November 2019 below. An Adverse Weather Alert in effect for T&T at 2:00 PM Tuesday until 4:00 PM Wednesday.


12:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Live updates for this inclement weather event continues at the below link.


12:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Generally, between 0.5 inches to 1 inch (12.5 mm to 25 mm) of rain fell across Trinidad, with up to 1.5 inches (37.5 mm) of rainfall across Tobago. Isolated areas, such as Cunupia, recorded upwards of 3 inches of rain (3 inches = 75 mm while Chin Chin, Cunupia recorded 74.7 mm) inside 24 hours.

This rainfall event continues as the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affects Trinidad and Tobago over the next 24-36 hours.

24-Hour Rainfall Totals for Tuesday 5th November 2019 following the passage of Tropical Wave 61 and the ITCZ continuing to affect Trinidad and Tobago.


10:10 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

Light to moderate showers, with a few heavy pockets, and rain continue, now across the entirety of Western Trinidad, with light rain ongoing elsewhere across Northern and Central areas. Across Southern Trinidad, isolated to scattered moderate to heavy showers are moving across the area, westward.

Additional showers and thunderstorms are forecast to mainly move across Trinidad, but also Tobago, overnight, with heavier activity favoring Southern and Eastern areas.

10:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region
10:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region


9:30 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

Moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms continue across Trinidad with locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds between 35-45 KM/H. At 9:26 PM, a 35 KM/H wind gust was reported at Piarco International Airport, with visibility reduced to 5 kilometers.


9:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

Heavy showers and thunderstorms continue to move across Central and Southern Trinidad, producing sustained winds between 20-30 KM/H and gusts between 35-45 KM/H across parts of Central Trinidad. Violent rainfall rates in excess of 50 mm/hour have also been recorded. Scattered light to moderate showers also developing across Tobago

Additional shower and thunderstorm development forecast overnight across both islands bringing lightning, locally heavy rainfall which may trigger street/flash flooding, gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H and landslides in elevated areas.

9:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region
9:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region


8:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

Showers and thunderstorms are developing across Trinidad and Tobago, with thunderstorm activity favoring Southern and Central Trinidad. Locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds likely.

Showers and thunderstorms to continue into the night, with street/flash flooding, gusty winds and frequent lightning possible.

8:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region
8:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region


4:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

The Adverse Weather Alert has been updated as Tropical Wave 61 is now west of T&T and the alert now extends through 4:00 PM Wednesday. Note that showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast beyond the end of the alert.

Locally heavy rain, gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H, street/flash flooding and landslides possible.



3:15 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

Another round of showers and thunderstorms are moving across Trinidad, producing locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds across parts of the island. Wind gusts between 30-40 KM/H have been recorded across parts of Central Trinidad. Minor roof damage reported in Couva as galvanize sheets lift with the gusty winds.

3:15 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region
3:15 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region

This activity will continue its westward path, leading to breezy and partly cloudy late afternoon into the evening with increasing cloudiness. By nightfall, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast to increase across both islands.

Gusty winds move through Couva as a line of showers and thunderstorms affect parts of Trinidad. Video: Gabriel Maxwell Gordon


2:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

The Adverse Weather Alert – Yellow Level is now in effect as heavy showers with gusty winds move across Trinidad. Sustained winds in excess of 30-35 KM/H have been reported at Mt. St. Benedict and El Reposo. Scattered showers are moving across the island, interrupting partly cloudy to cloudy skies.

2:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region


1:15 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

Scattered showers are approaching Trinidad, forecast to bring locally heavy showers and gusty winds to the island. Presently, isolated heavy showers are ongoing across North-Central Trinidad ad Southwestern Trinidad, interrupting partly cloudy skies.

Winds are increasing across the region, with sustained winds at Crown Point at 35 KM/H as of 1:00 PM while in Piarco, sustained winds are between 25-30 KM/H. Similar weather stations across Trinidad are reporting similar winds. At Point Salines International Airport, Grenada, winds are at 30 KM/H, gusting to 59 KM/H as of 1:00 PM.

1:15 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region


1:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

The axis of Tropical Wave 61 remains east of Trinidad and Tobago between 57W and 59W, forecast to move across the region later this evening into tonight, bringing periods of rain, showers, and thunderstorms as it interacts with the ITCZ, dragging it northward.

1:15 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Satellite Update as the ITCZ and Tropical Wave 61 approaches the region Credit: Weathernerds
1:15 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 Satellite Update as the ITCZ and Tropical Wave 61 approaches the region Credit: Weathernerds


12:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019

The ITCZ continues to trigger isolated showers and thunderstorms across Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the Adverse Weather Alert. Though there have been reports of locally heavy rainfall, sustained winds at 35 KM/H and gusts to 46 KM/H, thunder and lightning, there have been no reports of damage, flooding or landslides across both islands.

Radar from 12:00 AM through 12:00 PM Tuesday 5th November 2019 for Trinidad and Tobago, showing showers and thunderstorms moving across the islands


8:00 AM Tuesday 5th November 2019

Heavy rainfall associated with the passage of Tropical Wave 61 and the ITCZ has triggered an Adverse Weather Alert.

Though this alert goes into effect at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, showers and thunderstorms are forecast overnight tonight through tomorrow morning and may linger after 7:00 PM Wednesday, when the alert is slated to end.

Street & flash flooding, gusty winds in excess of 55-65 KM/H, frequent lightning and landslides are all possible on Tuesday into Wednesday.



8:00 AM Tuesday 5th November 2019

The Hazardous Seas Alert was discontinued for Trinidad and Tobago.

However, moderate to occasionally rough seas are forecast by mid-week due to strong, low-level winds, predominantly affecting Eastern Coastal waters of T&T.

Mariners and beachgoers are still advised to exercise caution if heading out to sea between late Tuesday and early Thursday.


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