The New Year will start off a little bit on the wet side. That is because a moist northeasterly airflow over our area will be the dominating factor in our weather for the rest of the week.
The forecast for this final day of 2013 is for mostly cloudy skies. Some showers, isolated thunderstorms and periods of rain will occur over most areas of the country, but particularly along coastal areas.
Winds are easterly to northeasterly at 5 to 15 knots becoming gusty near showers and thunderstorms. If you are heading out to sea today, expect choppy but at times will be locally rough.
Operators of small craft should exercise caution in rough seas. High temperatures today will reach 84 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 88 degrees Fahrenheit inland and a comfortable 75 degrees Fahrenheit up in the hills.
Low temperatures to bring in the New Year will be around 73 degrees Fahrenheit along coastal areas; 68 degrees Fahrenheit inland and a chilly 64 degrees Fahrenheit up at the exposed areas of the Mountain Pine Ridge and along the Maya Mountains in the south.
The tides: the first high tide of the day will occur at 9:43 am. The first low tide of the day will peak at 2:29 pm. The final sunset of the year will occur at 5:29 pm. The first sunrise of the New Year will be at 6:23 am.
The extended forecast valid through to Thursday is for some cloudy spells with a few showers, isolated thunderstorms or periods of rain mostly along the coast.
That is a brief summary of the weather, with information provided by forecaster Michael Gentle at the Belize Weather Bureau.
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