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Windy conditions and intermittent rains in the Caribbean will persist throughout the day

March 18, 2019
08.25 a.m.

Diagnosis: In the last hours the rainy conditions in the Caribbean have been maintained as a result of the affectation of a high pressure system. Maximum gusts have been recorded near 90 km / h in...

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Windy conditions on this Saturday. Rains in Caribbean and North Zone

March 16, 2019
08.20 a.m.

Discussion: The increase in atmospheric pressure levels over Central America and the Caribbean Sea is generating on Saturday the gradual increase in the trade winds over the national territory. In the first hours of this day there have been gusts of up to 90 km/h in La Cruz de Guanacaste, in the rest of the province they hover between 50-70 km/h, while in the Metropolitan Area the maxima range between 40-60 km/h. The windy pattern causes incursion of cloudiness and rains from the Caribbean Sea to the province of Limón and the North Zone, with maximum amounts of 20 mm in the last 12 hours.

Forecast: Windy conditions will remain strong over the country; maximum gusts are estimated between 70-95 km/h in the north of Guanacaste, as well as in the mountain ranges of Guanacaste, Tilarán, Central Volcanic Cordillera, Talamanca sector; On the other hand, in the lower parts of the Central Valley, the Nicoya Gulf and the Nicoya Peninsula, gusts are estimated between 50-80 km/h.

Intermittent rains are expected throughout the day in the North Zone and Caribbean, with accumulated between 10-30 mm in 12-hour lapses. In addition, drizzle and weak rains are possible in the north and east of the Central Valley and north of Guanacaste with amounts less than 10mm in 12 hours.

The effect of the wind generates cool temperatures in the north and east of the Central Valley (San José, Cartago, Heredia mountains) with peaks between 19-24 ° C, in the rest of the country no significant changes in temperature are expected.

Due to the above, the IMN recommends:

  • Caution for strong winds and their possible impact on roofs, electrical wiring, signs, trees; as well as in the mountainous parts of the country (national parks, volcanoes).
  • Prevention for boats by sharp sea and strong waves in the North Pacific and Gulf of Nicoya, as well as air navigation due to turbulence in the mountainous sectors.
  • Avoid burning of all kinds as they can get out of control.
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Rebeca Morera R