JM | Aug 8, 2022

Showers galore for Jamaica with tropical wave en route

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

A satellite-generated time-lapse of weather conditions across the Caribbean Sea—highlighting several tropical disturbances (in white) and a thin plume of Saharan dust (murky brown)—as at 8:50 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, August 8, 2022. (Content courtesy of NHC/NOAA)

The Jamaica Meteorological Service says citizens should expect showers starting this afternoon (August 8) as a tropical wave enters local skies.

The Met Service, in its morning forecast today, advised that conditions would start out as partly cloudy, gradually giving way to scattered thunderstorms and isolated afternoon showers islandwide with gusty winds persisting along Jamaica’s south coast.

The tropical wave, which is currently bearing down on southcentral Hispaniola, is also being followed by a light plume of Saharan dust, according to colourised satellite imagery.

The only other major influence on weather at this time is a low-level jet stream straddling the central Caribbean Sea.

The Saharan Air Layer (SAL), as pictured via colourised satellite imagery, straddling the open Atlantic Ocean and sections of the Caribbean Sea on Monday, August 8, 2022. (Photo:

The maximum temperature anticipated for major Jamaican cities, Kingston and Montego Bay, is 32 degrees Celcius respectively.

Breakdown of towns and cities forecast: 

Towns and CitiesForecast
Morant BayAfternoon showers
KingstonAfternoon thundershowers/Windy
Half-Way-TreeAfternoon thundershowers/Windy
PortmoreAfternoon thundershowers/Windy
Spanish TownAfternoon thundershowers/Windy
May PenAfternoon showers/Windy
MandevilleAfternoon thundershowers/Windy
Santa CruzAfternoon thundershowers/Windy
Black RiverAfternoon thundershowers/Windy
Savanna-La-MarAfternoon thundershowers/Windy
NegrilAfternoon thundershowers
Port AntonioIntermittent showers
Port MariaIntermittent showers
Ocho RiosAfternoon showers
St Ann’s BayAfternoon showers
Browns TownAfternoon thundershowers
FalmouthAfternoon thundershowers
Montego BayAfternoon thundershowers
LuceaAfternoon thundershowers

Additionally, fisherfolk and marine interests are advised that a small craft warning has been activated for inshore and offshore areas of the south coast due to strong winds and rough seas, especially within the vicinity of thunderstorms.

See more on Jamaica Met Service’s three-day outlook:

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: Isolated showers and thunderstorms mainly across central and western parishes during the afternoon. Windy conditions along the south coast. 


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