(CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) Friday said that during the next three months, the peak of the wet, heat, and hurricane season is forecast to bring a notable increase in wet days and wet spells, heat waves and tropical cyclone activity across the Caribbean.
In its latest publication, CariCOF said this would result in frequent disruptions of outdoor activities and rising water levels in soils, rivers and reservoirs.
“Importantly, the potential for flash floods, long-term flooding and cascading impacts will be high to extremely high. Heat stress will peak during this season, especially during heat waves, but will likely be less intense than in recent hot years, for example, 2016 and 2020,” CariCOF said.
According to CariCOF, as of July 1, severe or worse shorter-term drought has developed in western Hispaniola, and the majority of the Leeward Islands, while severe long-term drought has developed in western Cuba, southern Hispaniola, eastern Jamaica, the majority of the Leeward Islands, Martinique, Saint Lucia and St Vincent.