Met Office: Current weather no cause for alarm

The Met office in Saint Lucia has said that the current weather affecting the island should be no cause for alarm.

Chief Met Officer, Venentius Descartes, recalled that Saint Lucia has been experiencing showers for most of December.

“We expect the showers to be more numerous and heavy – I don’t think people should be alarmed,” he stated.

The  head of the Met Office said the situation would in no way resemble the 2013 Christmas Eve trough that devastated Saint Lucia.

“If a situation like that were to happen I would be very much surprised,” Descartes declared.

“There was this strong high pressure system converging on the southern side and strong winds,” Descartes told the Times.

He explained that this was not uncommon.

However he said for Thursday night into Friday, December 23, 2016, it is expected that a mid level trough will be passing across the islands.

“There is also a feature called a jet stream – a combination of these will cause an increase in atmospheric instability,” the Met Office official told the Times.

He disclosed that as a result, instability is expected  to increase, bringing an increase in shower activity.

Descartes said the Met Office also expects some thunderstorms between Thursday night and Friday.

“We know we are in the Christmas season and we expect people to be out shopping so we just wanted them to be cognizant of that fact because we expect more shower activity than we have been having,” he told the Times.

Descartes said by Friday afternoon into Saturday it is expected that conditions will be as they were earlier this week and last week.

Nevertheless he said showers are still expected on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

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