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Comunicado Prensa 2019 03 08 1000



Strong winds persist on this day

The accelerated winds persist over the country, especially in the Central Valley, the North Pacific and the mountain ranges. In the first hours of today there were gusts of up to 95 km / h in La Cruz de Guanacaste, in the rest of the province they hover between 60-85 km / h, while in the Metropolitan Area the maxima range between 40-70 km / h.

According to the analysis, the windy pattern will continue very strong during the rest of the day over the national territory; maximum gusts are estimated between 70-100 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 Gulf of Nicoya and the Nicoya Peninsula with gusts between 50-80 km / h.

In addition, a very isolated behavior of rainfall is expected; , to manifest itself will be in the mountainous sectors in the form of weak rain and drizzle with amounts less than 10 mm in 12-24 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:

• 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).

• To also increase the precaution for the vessels by sharp sea and strong waves in the North Pacific and the Gulf of Nicoya, as well as to the aerial navigation by turbulence on the mountainous sectors.

• Extreme caution -at the aeronautical level- due to strong turbulence over the mountainous sectors in Guanacaste and the Central Valley

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