As of 9:30AM Monday 15th April 2019, mostly sunny to partly cloudy and hazy skies are occurring across the vast majority of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mostly hot and sunny conditions are to continue across both islands, with isolated showers possible after midday. These showers are to favor Eastern areas of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Southwestern coastal areas of Trinidad.
Upper level dynamics are not favorable to support heavy shower development, moisture is lacking and remains capped to low-levels of the atmosphere. Hence, any shower development will be shallow and brief, generally remaining light to moderate.
Looking to the larger picture, a surface to mid-level high pressure system remains dominant across the Eastern Caribbean. Weak surface to low level perturbations originating from confluence along the southern and south-western periphery of the Atlantic high pressure, will continue to traverse the region triggering occasional cloudiness with brief showers.
Due to a tightened pressure gradient and a developing surface to low-level high pressure system in the Central Atlantic, breezy conditions are to persist across the region. Across Trinidad and Tobago, winds are forecast to be up to 50 KM/H throughout the week.
By Wednesday, a surface to low-level shearline is forecast to develop across the Southern Windwards. This may bring some isolated to scattered showers and cloudiness.
Minimum low temperatures across Trinidad and Tobago over the next week are forecast to range between 24°C-26°C, with temperatures at the upper end of the minimum low temperature range favoring Tobago. Low temperatures are likely to be lower across inland and mountainous areas. Last nights’ minimum temperatures were 24.2°C at Piarco, Trinidad and 24.6°C at Crown Point, Tobago.
Today, maximum high temperatures across T&T are forecast to be a hot 33°C at Piarco, Trinidad and a heat index of 36°C . Across Tobago, maximum high temperatures are forecast to be near 30°C with a heat index of 34°C. The heat index is an index that combines air temperature and relative humidity, generating a “feel’s like” temperature.
Seas are forecast to remain slight to moderate in open waters through the week. Waves in open waters are forecast to remain up to 2.0 meters particularly East of Trinidad and Tobago. In sheltered areas, seas are forecast to remain smooth, below 1.0 meters. Winds are forecast to be from the east through the next 3 days at 10-20 knots, trending towards the upper end of the range by days 4-5.
Mild Concentrations of Saharan Dust Present Across T&T, Concentrations Declining.
Presently, dust concentrations remain at low levels across the Southern Caribbean. Across Trinidad and Tobago, air quality is at moderate levels. Most places across the Eastern Caribbean are presently experiencing good air quality. Areas in the immediate vicinity of bushfires may experience moderate air quality.
At moderate air quality levels, unusually sensitive groups should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.
Based on current information (9:30AM Monday 15th April 2019), much of the dust is forecast to continue to be deposited across the Atlantic Ocean, with mild concentrations moving across the Southern Windwards, including Trinidad and Tobago. This is not forecast to be as severe as the dust event during mid-March 2019. In addition, based on latest information, this mild concentration of dust has peaked and is forecast to diminish by Tuesday 16th April 2019.
With dry conditions persisting, bush fires will be on the rise. In the presence of even mild Saharan Dust, air quality can quickly degrade to moderate and even unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups such as persons with respiratory ailments, children, the elderly and cardiopulmonary disease should take the necessary precautions.