The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has officially declared the start of the 2019 Rainy Season following rainfall activity from the passage of a Tropical Wave.
Once the initial episode of rainfall activity is triggered by the ITCZ or a Tropical Wave, it signals the start of the country’s rainy season since these features will be the mainstay for the next six months in yielding rainfall.
The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service says it has been tracking the progress of this Tropical Wave across the Atlantic Ocean for the past few days.
The Met Office says a social media post about a pending heat spell, has not been recently circulated by the office.
The social media post claims that over the next week, the country would experience maximum temperatures of 33 degrees Celsius or above.
But in the statement issued on Monday, the Met Office makes it clear that it is not a recent alert.
The Health Ministry is advising citizens to take personal precautions as a fresh plume of Saharan dust is expected to enter T&T’s atmosphere on Monday.
Since the beginning of the dry season, the country has experienced several waves of the dust however; the Met Office said this year’s occurrences are no different from that seen in previous years.
Millions of US citizens are today facing a cold front so bad, weather officials are warning persons to stay indoors.
Some parts of the US will be colder than Antarctica.
A blast of arctic-chilled air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, record-setting cold to a wide swathe of the eastern United States on Tuesday, stretching from the Dakotas through Maine, with snow expected as far south as Alabama and Georgia.
Sky-gazers were treated to a rare lunar eclipse known as a super blood wolf moon on Sunday night, in which sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere lit the celestial body in a dramatic fashion and turned it red.
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The Met Office has officially declared the start of the dry season and has issued warning on how to approach it.
The announcement was made via the following statement today:
"The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) is officially declaring the start of the 2019 Dry Season as the climatic patterns and changes in features are indicative of the region having transitioned to a much drier state. Assessment of the criteria necessary for the onset of the Dry Season shows that the conditions have been met and are now entrenched.
The Met Office has issued a hazardous seas warning for the period 2.08 pm today to 11 am on Wednesday.
The warning says that strong low-level winds are agitating sea conditions to the North and East of Trinidad and around Tobago with waves near 2.5 metres, occasionally reaching 3 metres in open waters, resulting in hazardous conditions nearshore.
It adds that long period swells are also expected to aid in hazardous nearshore conditions during the 2nd January, 2019.
This is the second hazardous seas alert in the last week.
A UN agency says 2018 is on track to be the fourth hottest since records began.
The World Meteorological Organisation says the 20 warmest years on record have all been in the past 22 years - while the top four have been in the past four years.
In the year to October, the global average temperature was almost 1°C above the 'pre-industrial baseline'.