Live Updates – The ITCZ & Tropical Wave 61 (Day 2)

The ITCZ is forecast to affect Trinidad and Tobago between 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. There are no alerts, watches or warnings in effect for T&T.


7:00 PM Wednesday 6th November 2019

The ITCZ is not done with Trinidad and Tobago just yet. Scattered moderate to heavy showers are moving westward across parts of Eastern Trinidad, with isolated light showers across Tobago.

Locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are the main hazards from these showers.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecast into the night.

6:45 PM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
6:45 PM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


2:30 PM Wednesday 6th November 2019

The Adverse Weather Alert has been discontinued as Tropical Wave 61 moves well west of T&T and the activity associated with the ITCZ subsides.

Note that showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast for the next 2 days.



1:00 PM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Mostly cloudy skies are ongoing across Trinidad and Tobago, with light to moderate rain across parts of Northern, Western and Southern Trinidad, as well as Tobago.

1:00 PM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
1:00 PM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


11:30 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Heavy showers and thunderstorms continue to affect Southwestern Trinidad, bringing street flooding to several parts of the peninsula. Gusty winds are also accompanying this activity. Elsewhere, light to moderate showers and periods of rain are ongoing across Northern and Central Trinidad, as well as a few areas of Tobago.

11:30 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
11:30 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.

11:25 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Gusty winds continue to move across Trinidad, accompanying showers and thunderstorms. A wind gust of 53.3 KM/H with sustained winds of 36.4 KM/H occurred at 11:14 AM as a line of showers moved through the area.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service reported a wind gust of 50 KM/H at 10:50 AM, with sustained winds of 37 KM/H reported at 11:00 AM at the Piarco International Airport.



11:20 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Gusty winds continue to move across Trinidad, downing a tree along the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road, temporarily blocking the road. Officials are on-site, attempting to clear the fallen coconut tree.

Fallen tree along the Manzanilla-Mayaro Road as gusty winds move across the area.


11:10 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Street flooding has been reported in the following areas:

  • Clarke Road, Penal.
  • The S.S. Erin Road, Penal near the Penal Quinam Road.
  • Siparia Road near Anand’s Low Price Supermarket.
  • The Point Fortin Main Road in the vicinity of the Point Fortin East Secondary School.
  • Low-lying areas of Penal and Point Fortin.
Street Flooding along Clarke Road, Penal.
Street Flooding in Point Fortin


11:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Gusty winds, showers, and thunderstorms are moving across Trinidad and Tobago. Wind gusts in excess of 50 KM/H are likely across parts of Trinidad. Street flooding and downed trees have been reported across parts of Eastern and Southern Trinidad.

11:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


10:15 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

The ITCZ is drifting slightly northward, bringing showers and thunderstorms across both islands from the South and East, moving generally west to west-northwest.

Heavier showers and thunderstorms will continue to favor South, Central, and Eastern areas of Trinidad as well as Eastern areas of Tobago throughout the day.

Our main hazards remain street and flash flooding due to locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H in heavier showers and thunderstorms.

10:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
10:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


10:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Gusty winds on Tuesday night ripped the roof off one home in Brazil Village, San Raphael, Central Trinidad.



8:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Light to moderate rain ongoing across Eastern Trinidad with heavy showers ongoing across West-Central Trinidad. Locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds and reduced visibility on the roads affecting areas south of Couva and north of San Fernando.

Additional showers and thunderstorms approaching both islands.

7:45 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
7:45 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


7:36 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Gusty winds continue to move across Trinidad and Tobago this morning as heavy showers and thunderstorms affect the region. A wind gust of 46.7 KM/H was recorded at Mount St. Benedict at 7:36 AM. Sustained winds of 32 KM/H were recorded at Crown Point, Tobago and 28 KM/H at Piarco, Trinidad.



7:30 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

There are reports of street flooding along the Penal Rock Road between Scotts Road and La Vida Estate, Penal. Expect traffic delays.

Street flooding along the Penal Rock Road between Scotts Road and La Vida Estate, Penal.


7:20 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Showers and thunderstorms are moving across Trinidad, with thunderstorms favoring the Southern half of Trinidad. There have been no reports of flooding or wind damage on Wednesday, as of 7:20 AM.

Additional showers are forecast to move across both islands later today with thunderstorm activity favoring the late morning through the afternoon and across Trinidad. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to linger into nightfall, favoring the southern and eastern halves of Trinidad although the Adverse Weather Alert expires at 4:00 PM.

Our main hazards remain street and flash flooding due to locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds in excess of 55 KM/H in heavier showers and thunderstorms.

7:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
7:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


5:30 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Light rain continues across Northern and Eastern halves of Trinidad as well as the Western half of Tobago. Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms are moving across Southern Trinidad, producing lightning, locally heavy rainfall, and gusty winds.

Additional thunderstorms and heavy showers have developed further offshore, east of Trinidad and Tobago, approaching both islands.

These showers and thunderstorms will also reduce visibility on the roads so expect traffic delays.

5:15 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
5:15 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


1:15 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

Light to moderate rain (wider in coverage, more persistent) and isolated showers continue across Trinidad, lesser so Tobago. Moderate rain continues across West-Central Trinidad, following heavy thunderstorms.

1:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.

Additional heavy showers and thunderstorms are approaching Trinidad from the East with thunderstorms also occurring south of Barbados and just southeast of St. Vincent.

Unsettled weather is forecast to persist throughout Wednesday across the Southern Windwards. There is the threat for locally heavy rainfall triggering street/flash flooding and landslides, as well as gusty winds and frequent lightning.

1:15 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Satellite Update as the ITCZ affects the Southern Windwards. Credit: Weathernerds
1:15 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Satellite Update as the ITCZ affects the Southern Windwards. Credit: Weathernerds


12:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019

A heavy thunderstorm is moving across parts of Central Trinidad, producing violent rainfall, gusty winds, and lightning. Light rain is ongoing across Western Coastal areas and Northern Trinidad while scattered moderate to heavy showers are ongoing across Eastern and Central Trinidad. Isolated heavy showers are developing across Tobago.

12:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
12:00 AM Wednesday 6th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.

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 up to 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.


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.



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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