Sunday, April 14, 2024

More showers on the way


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Don’t forget your umbrellas over the next few days.
That’s the advice from the weather forecasters who say high moisture levels and adverse conditions could be expected into the weekend.
Yesterday, the Meterological Office’s forecast of scattered showers and a chance of isolated thunderstorms caught some Barbadians off guard.
Many were drenched and found themselves in ankle-high waters.
The bad weather also forced flights of British Airways, American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic to be diverted to St Lucia, before returning later in the evening.
Meteorologist Cammie Burke said Barbados was affected by a “lower level trough over the southern portion of the island which had interacted with the intertropical convergence zone” causing the heavy showers.
Burke said that judging from calls the office received about flooding in Oistins and other parts of Christ Church, and the Harbour Road in St Michael, the intensity was a little more than anticipated.
Flooding was also experienced in the St Michael areas of Mason Hall Street where a few cars were reportedly stalled, and surrounding areas in the New Orleans, and Murphy’s Pasture.
Flooding was also recorded in some areas of The Pine and Spring Garden Highway.
One group of residents of Murphy’s Pasture, watched helplessly as waters rose to their door, as it has done previously in the rainy season.
“This is what happens to us all the time,” one man shouted from under a nearby tree.
For today, the Meteorological Office is forecasting cloudy to overcast skies with showers and again the chance of thunderstorms.
“We are seeing high moisture levels remaining across the island up into the weekend, so the possibility of showers and thunderstorms may be likely for the rest of the week,” Burke said.


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