Weather advisory

― Guyana being affected by Tropical Wave

― Second Rainy Season begins

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, November 5, 2019

According to reports from the Hydrometeorological Service, Guyana is currently being affected by a tropical wave. To that extent, the department has issued the following forecast

For today, Tuesday, November 5, 2019, coastal and inland areas will see mostly cloudy skies with scattered to occasional light to moderate showers during the morning period. During the early afternoon, rainfall intensities are likely to increase becoming heavy at times as thundershowers develop over areas of Regions 1, 2 and 7. Gradual improvement can be expected by mid-afternoon. Rainfall is expected to be up to an inch across these areas. All other areas will see mostly fair to occasionally cloudy skies. Rainfall is expected to be below half of an inch.

On Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 6-7), persons can expect mostly fair skies throughout Guyana with brief afternoon cloudiness and passing showers and isolated thundershowers over inland areas. Rainfall is expected to be below half-inch.

On Friday, cloudy to overcast skies will be observed in coastal areas with occasional showers and isolated thundershowers during the mid-morning to mid-afternoon in coastal areas. As much as an inch of rainfall can be expected. All other areas will see mostly fair skies with a few cloudy spells with rainfall less than half an inch.

On Saturday, persons can expect generally fair and sunny skies throughout Guyana with isolated thundershowers during the afternoon over inland areas. Rainfall is anticipated to be just about half an inch within 24 hours.

In addition to this, increased rainfall is expected as northern Guyana transitions into the second wet/rainy season of the year. This period usually lasts between the second half of November and continues through the end of January to mid-February.

The Hydrometeorological Service has observed that the systems responsible for triggering the rainy season have begun affecting Guyana. This has led to the commencement of the rainfall season marginally ahead of the usual commencement period.

As such, flooding in those areas with poor drainage is expected. This can, in turn, lead to localised flooding and other flood-related hazards. It can also lead to a rise in mosquito breeding, moisture-related pests and water-borne diseases. These conditions, coupled with the projected periods of above-normal high tide, can severely affect unaware citizens.

The Hydrometeorological office is pleading with citizens to keep up to date with the short-range forecasts provided by the National Weather Watch Center (NWWC) and plan their days accordingly.