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Comunicado Prensa 2019 02 08 900



Strong wind due to high pressure system

The atmospheric pressure on the Caribbean Sea prevails and, with it, an acceleration of the wind in the region. The maximum gusts registered until 7am, reached 82.3 km / h in the Orosi Volcano, 80.3 km / h in La Cruz, 60.2 km / h in Alajuela, 54.3 km / h in Santa Rosa, 51 km / h in San Joaquín, 55 km / h in Pavas, 46.5 km / h in San José and 43.5 km / h in Liberia.

During this weekend, this system will maintain the windy pattern of moderate intensity over the national territory, with strong gusts in some specific areas.

The strong gusts of wind in Guanacaste are expected to oscillate between 80-100 km / h in the mountain ranges and between 50-80 km / h in the plain. For the mountainous sectors of the Central Valley and the rest of the country, occasional bursts are expected between 50-70 km / h. This behavior will remain at least until Monday; Saturday being the day of greatest affectation.

According to the Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology of the University of Costa Rica, due to the action of the wind, during the weekend there will be choppy seas and high waves on the North Pacific coast - including the Gulf of Nicoya - While, in the Caribbean an increase in the swell is expected. (www.miocimar.ucr.ac.cr)

On the other hand, it is possible the occurrence of scattered showers of short duration and occasional drizzles, both in the North Zone, the Caribbean; like the Guanacaste mountain range. No significant rainfall is expected for the rest of the country

Regarding temperatures, a slight decrease of between 1 ° C and 2 ° C is expected during this weekend, mainly on Saturday, in the regions affected by the increase in wind.

Due to the above, the IMN recommends:

Extreme precautions for intense winds and their possible impact on roofs, electrical wiring, signs, trees; as well as in the mountainous parts of the country (national parks, volcanoes).

Also, it is important to take precautions for boats by sharp seas and strong waves in the North Pacific -including the Gulf of Nicoya and its surroundings- and the Caribbean, as well as air navigation due to turbulence in the mountainous sectors.

Avoid burning of all kinds as they can get out of control.