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JM | Jul 5, 2022

Met Service forecasts showers for Jamaica ahead of weak tropical wave

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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A satellite-generated time lapse of current weather conditions across the Caribbean Sea as at 6:30 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (Content courtesy of NHC/NOAA)

The Jamaica Meteorological Service says cloudy conditions will dominate local skies as a trough hovering over the island is expected to give way to a weak tropical wave come Wednesday (July 6).

The Met Service, in its 5:00 am bulletin, is forecasting the trough to continue lingering above Jamaica.

After a busy week with tropical storms Bonnie and Colin forming, the Caribbean Basin is largely quiet again though disturbances persist on its northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest fringes.

Additionally, satellite imagery tracking the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) attests to the presence of a thin layer of dust approaching the northeastern Caribbean.

The colourised Saharan Air Layer (SAL), as pictured via satellite imagery, thinning over the open Atlantic Ocean and sections of the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (Photo: tropic.ssec.wisc.edu)

In the meantime, the maximum temperature anticipated in major Jamaican cities, Kingston and Montego Bay respectively, is a balmy 34 degrees Celcius.

Breakdown of towns and cities forecast: 

Towns and CitiesForecast
Morant BayPartly cloudy/Windy
KingstonPartly cloudy/Windy
Half-Way-TreePartly cloudy
PortmorePartly cloudy/Windy
Spanish TownMostly cloudy afternoon
May PenAfternoon thundershowers
MandevilleAfternoon thundershowers
Santa CruzAfternoon thundershowers
Black RiverMostly cloudy afternoon
Savanna-La-MarAfternoon thundershowers
NegrilAfternoon showers
Port AntonioPartly cloudy
Port MariaPartly cloudy
Ocho RiosPartly cloudy
St Ann’s BayPartly cloudy
Browns TownAfternoon showers
FalmouthMostly cloudy afternoon
Montego BayAfternoon thunderstorms
LuceaAfternoon thundershowers

The Jamaica Met Service has also activated a small craft warning for inshore and offshore areas of the south coast. Fisherfolk and marine interests should exercise caution due to strong winds and rough seas.

See Met Service’s three-day outlook:

Wednesday: Partly cloudy morning. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms in sections of southern and northwestern parishes.
Thursday: Morning showers across eastern parishes, otherwise partly cloudy. Afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms across most parishes. Windy along the south coast.
Friday: Isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms across western parishes, otherwise partly cloudy. Windy.

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