Jamaica weather: Brace for strong winds, thunderstorms as of Saturday

Jamaicans are urged to prepare for increased showers, thunderstorms, cloudiness and strong gusty winds from Saturday afternoon, when the new Tropical Depression Nine is expected to be near the island. .

In its latest update on the system that triggered a severe weather warning for Jamaica on Wednesday, followed by a warning to fishermen to evacuate cays and shorelines on Thursday, the Weather Service said all small craft, including including these fishermen, should now arrive in port. to begin preparations for a safe harbor.

In its update published Friday, September 23, 2022 at 5 a.m., the Met Service reported at 4 a.m. that the center of Tropical Depression Nine was located near latitude 13.9 north and longitude 68 ,6 west.

“The low is moving west-northwestward at nearly 20 km/h. A more westerly turn is expected the next day or so, followed by a west-northwestward turn and the northwest by this weekend,” the Met Service said. said.

The graph shows the probabilities of sustained surface wind speeds (averaged over 1 minute) equal to or greater than 34 knots (39 mph). (Photo: NOAA)

Maximum sustained winds are close to 55 km/h with stronger gusts. Only a slow intensification is expected over the next day or so, followed by a larger intensification over the weekend and early next week, he added.
As the Weather Service continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Depression Nine, it is also monitoring two other systems.

The Met Service said the center of Hurricane Fiona passes northwest of Bermuda and that Tropical Storm Gaston is expected to turn southeast today, with tropical storm conditions affecting the most Azores islands. West.

According to the Met Service, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Fiona are not a threat to Jamaica.

See the local forecast, released Friday at 5 a.m., for the next few days below:

24 hour forecast:

Friday morning:… Mostly sunny.

Friday afternoon:… Showers and thunderstorms mainly over hilly areas and southern parishes, partly cloudy elsewhere.

Friday night:… Partly cloudy.

Maximum temperature expected for Kingston on Friday:..32 degrees Celsius
Maximum temperature expected for Montego Bay on Friday:..32 degrees Celsius

3-day forecast (from Saturday):

Saturday: Isolated morning showers in eastern and north-central parishes. Becoming mostly cloudy with scattered showers from the afternoon to evening, thunderstorms and gusty winds in most parishes. Showers and persistent night thunderstorms.

Sunday: Cloudy with periods of scattered moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and strong gusty winds in most parishes. Showers and persistent night thunderstorms.

Monday: Cloudy day with scattered showers and thunderstorms in sections of most parishes. Windy.

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