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Surface trough triggered heavy rains in sections of northern parishes - Met Service

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:59 PM

The Meteorological Service says a surface trough that moved across Jamaica last night into this morning is responsible for the heavy rains that triggered flooding in sections of northern parishes.

A release from the Met Service says "cloudy conditions along with light-to-moderate showers and thunderstorms have been affecting all northern parishes, especially St Ann and St Mary since early this morning. Additionally, there has been reports of flooding in Runaway Bay, St Ann".

But the Met Service says heavy showers are expected to decrease this afternoon and evening before becoming partly cloudy tonight as the trough drifts slowly away from the island.

A high pressure ridge is expected to build across the island tonight into tomorrow. As a result, the forecast is for isolated showers mainly across hilly inland areas of northern parishes tomorrow.

The Met Service continues to monitor the situation.