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 maximum temperature anticipated for major Jamaican cities, Kingston and Montego Bay, is 32 degrees Celcius respectively.
Breakdown of towns and cities forecast:
|Towns and Cities||Forecast|
|Morant Bay||Afternoon showers|
|Spanish Town||Afternoon thundershowers/Windy|
|May Pen||Afternoon showers/Windy|
|Santa Cruz||Afternoon thundershowers/Windy|
|Black River||Afternoon thundershowers/Windy|
|Port Antonio||Intermittent showers|
|Port Maria||Intermittent showers|
|Ocho Rios||Afternoon showers|
|St Ann’s Bay||Afternoon showers|
|Browns Town||Afternoon thundershowers|
|Montego Bay||Afternoon 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.