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Oct 11, 2019

NEMO Issues Advisory; Met Service Says No Need to Worry

There is no need to panic at this point says the National Emergency Management Organization. Out of precaution, NEMO issued an advisory earlier today informing that it is monitoring the potential for development of a broad low pressure area near Belize.  The system, should it form over the weekend, is expected to move westward toward Central America early next week.  The chances of it forming over the next forty-eight hours, however, is zero percent.  So what does that mean for us here in Belize?  That’s what Chief Meteorologist Catherine Cumberbatch explained to News Five earlier today, emphasizing that there is absolutely no need for alarm as the models are being monitored closely for any development.  She begins with the weekend weather forecast.


Catherine Cumberbatch

Catherine Cumberbatch, Chief Meteorologist

“First of all, right now, at present, we have a weak tropical wave that is affecting the country.  As I said, weak, and that will cause a few showers and thunderstorms to affect the country.  As for tomorrow, Saturday, we are going, again, for a few showers and thunderstorm to affect mainly the southern part of the country, some coastal areas and inland parts of the country.  That is the weather for Saturday, and our extended forecast is going for shower activity to be generally isolated showers and thunderstorms to be generally isolated over the country.”


Isani Cayetano

“There is an expectation based on the forecast that an area of low pressure can form near Nicaragua.  Can you explain to us what that is and if there is any significance for Belize?”


Catherine Cumberbatch

“Okay, from the National Hurricane Center, they usually issue their report and their outlook for the next five days that a broad area of low pressure is expected to develop near the east coast of Honduras and Nicaragua.  They’re only giving that a very low chance which is twenty percent.  That is just what the forecasting models are showing, that a system is likely to develop on the east coast Honduras and Nicaragua going over the weekend and could probably become something during the coming week.  As you know, our job here is to monitor all systems, especially this time of the year which we are in the hurricane season.  And when you look at the zone where the models are projecting that if something should form east of, we should be even more concerned.  So that is all the concern about.”

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