Forecast: Overnight Isolated Showers, Cloudy Skies to Briefly Hinder Total Lunar Eclipse View

6:00PM Sunday 20th January 2019: Overnight Isolated Showers, Partly Cloudy Conditions to Hinder Viewing For Total Lunar Eclipse, Particularly Across Northern Trinidad and Tobago. King Tides are in Effect.

While tonight won’t be a total washout for the Total Lunar Eclipse watchers, a weak surface to low-level shearline (a line or narrow zone across which there is an abrupt change in the horizontal wind component parallel to this line) is expected to develop over the next few hours across the Southern Windwards, bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies and the isolated to scattered shower.

South and Central Trinidad are in the best position to see the eclipse, as most shower activity will be initially across Northern Trinidad and Tobago. Brief cloud patches and isolated showers are still possible. The total lunar eclipse will last approximately 2 hours, so everyone should have a clear view at some point overnight.

These showers are expected to be brief, and generally remain light to moderate as atmospheric moisture is mostly contained to low levels to the atmosphere.

On Monday, surface winds are expected to increase to 30-40 KM/H from the east, returning breezy conditions to T&T, with partly to cloudy skies and the isolated daytime showers.

King tides are in effect, meaning nuisance flooding is likely in low-lying coastal areas, such as Mosquito Creek. Seas will be slight to moderate during this period, with waves up to 1.8 meters in open waters and at or below 1.0 meters in sheltered areas.

Over the next several days, very little rainfall accumulation is likely, less than 5 mm possible across areas of Northern Trinidad and Tobago with little to trace accumulations elsewhere.

Maximum temperatures are forecast to be 30-31°C across both islands. Lows are expected to be 21-23°C across Trinidad and Tobago through Tuesday. Interior parts of the country may see lower temperatures (19-20°C).

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