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No concerns about short-term drought in the region - Report

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2021 | 9:44 AM
Jamaica was predominantly normal with slightly dry conditions in the extreme east, while the Grand Cayman was moderate to slightly dry and the northern Bahamas ranged from slightly dry to severely dry.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network Wednesday said while pockets of drought are currently developing in the region, there are not many concerns over short-term drought by the end of July.

“The region should none-the-less monitor their streams, small rivers and soil moisture as the typically dry conditions can continue at least into May in many areas, including United States Virgin Islands, northern Haiti, northern Bahamas, western Cuba and parts of Belize,” the agency said in its latest publication.

However, it said there is “greater concern” over long-term drought that can impact large rivers and reservoirs and underground sources by the end of May, particularly in Antigua, St Kitts, and south-west Belize.

The organisation said that the islands of the eastern Caribbean and northern Dominican Republic should monitor these water resources for long-term drought.

It said that for the first three months of this year, the islands of the eastern Caribbean experienced mixed conditions.

It said Trinidad is extremely wet in the southwest to normal in the northeast; Tobago normal to moderately wet; Grenada and St Lucia normal; Barbados very to moderately wet, while St Vincent moderately dry to normal;

Dominica was recorded as being normal to moderately wet south to north; while Antigua was severe to extremely dry; with St Kitts moderate to severely dry.

Jamaica was predominantly normal with slightly dry conditions in the extreme east, while the Grand Cayman was moderate to slightly dry and the northern Bahamas ranged from slightly dry to severely dry.

Belize ranged from severely dry around the southwestern border to moderately wet in northern areas.

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