June 23, 2021

CIMH warns of possible drought in most Caribbean countries

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From RJR News Online

The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says chances of drought and recurrent dry spells have increased except in the Bahamas and Cuba during the first three months of this year. 

The CIMH, in its Caribbean Climate Outlooks released Tuesday, said with an El Niño on forecast, chances of drought and recurrent dry spells are increased. 

According to CIMH, as of December 1 last year, short term drought in northwestern parts of The Bahamas and Cuba, and in southern and eastern-most Hispaniola have been recorded while there have been long term situations in Cayman, southern-most Hispaniola, eastern Jamaica and much of the Leeward Islands. 

CIMH said shorter term drought is evolving in Barbados, Cayman Islands, and coastal Suriname, and is possible in many other areas while there is long term drought concern in Antigua, northern Bahamas, Cayman Islands, western Cuba, Grenada, eastern Jamaica and St. Kitts, and may possibly develop in many other areas in the Caribbean.  

In its brief climate outlook for the Caribbean, the CIMH notes that April to June marks the transition from the dry to the wet season.

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