Caribbean expected to experience long-term drought spells

The Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) is warning that long term drought is evolving throughout the Caribbean during the three month period, February to April this year.

In its latest Caribbean Climate Outlooks published on Monday, CariCOF warned that during the peak of the dry season, limited water availability is due to evolving or possible long term drought throughout the Caribbean except in French Guiana and north-west Bahamas.

“In addition, frequent dry spells and short-term drought in a majority of places may pose water stress to sensitive rain-fed crops. There is a marginal concern for flooding and flash floods in Belize and the islands through March, but some concern in April. Temperatures, seasonably cool and comfortable until March, will start rising by April,” CariCOF added.

“Frequent dry spells and short-term drought in a majority of places may pose water stress to sensitive rain-fed crops.”

— Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum

According to CariCOF, the drought situation as of January 1, moderate, or worse drought has developed in the ABC Islands, namely Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, eastern Bahamas, north Cuba and most islands except Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, St. Martin, Trinidad and Tobago.

It said long term drought is evolving in ABC islands, Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Cayman, Dominican Republic, eastern Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, “and is possible in other locations”.