The start of the 2019 Dry Season has been officially declared by the T&T Met Service, due to changes in climatic patterns.
Despite this, it says the country can still expect to see rainfall, but not with the frequency and quantity of the transition months or the wet season.
The Met Service says Global and Regional Climate models is agreeing with anticipated drier than usual conditions over the region for the period January to May 2019.
There is an 80 percent change of below normal rainfall totals over the period with deficits on average of 23 percent in Trinidad and 51 percent in Tobago.
There may also be episodes of dry/hot spells as the dry season endures.
In light of the foregoing, the public is advised to conserve, store and manage water in a sustainable manner.
It is also highly recommended for the public to refrain from burning rubbish in grassy or forested areas during the dry season.
Citizens are advised to keep cool as much as possible and stay hydrated.
Likely impacts of the 2019 Dry Season include:
- Reduction in ground water recharge, surface water flows and rain-fed water
- Increase in surface dryness as the season progresses, which enhances the potential
for bush fires.
- Drier than average conditions enhance the chances for some agricultural pest and
diseases to thrive.
- Periods of excessive heat can increase the chances of heat stress on persons with
heat sensitive ailments and heat exposed livestock, pets and other animals.