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With current forecasts water woes could continue into next year, Met director warns

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 2:22 PM
Director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica Jeffery Spooner ... in the months to come the nation’s dams and aquifers may not be recharged to optimal levels as below normal rainfall is expected.

Director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica Jeffery Spooner is warning that if forecasts are accurate the country could continue to face water woes well into next year.

According to Spooner, in the months to come the nation’s dams and aquifers may not be recharged to optimal levels as below normal rainfall is expected.

Spooner says typically, preliminary rains in May and June would help fill dams and aquifers.

He says these rains are normally followed by primary rains in September which would then fill the catchment facilities.

However, the Met Service Director says since the preliminary rains did not come, its unlikely that the September rains will be sufficient to fully recharge the dams and aquifers.

 

Director at the Meteorological service of Jamaica, Jeffery Spooner

The Met Service Director also says the heat the country is now experiencing is due to temperature increases, dry conditions and wind moving moisture away from the soil and air.

 

Director at the Meteorological service of Jamaica, Jeffery Spooner

Spooner was speaking with the Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre earlier today.

Though Spooner says this is not the worst drought on record, particular parishes such as St Thomas and Clarendon are experiencing severe conditions.

He also said not all parishes are experiencing drought now but overtime the conditions will reach them.