Tuesday, April 8, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: The weather has been on the HOT side in the last week or so, with temperatures in the low to upper 90’s. But the mercury will fall a bit in the next few days as an approaching cold front will bring the temperatures down.
The forecast for Belize and her coastal waters starting this afternoon is for an increase in cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms.
The change in weather will start in the north and inland areas and then spread to the rest of the country tonight.
With the hot daytime temperatures that have dominated our weather recently, this sudden change has the potential to cause severe thunderstorms.
Winds over the open sea and along the coast will be northerly to northwesterly at five to fifteen knots, increasing and becoming gusty later this evening.
The sea state will be choppy becoming rough later today.
Operators of small craft are advised to exercise caution in rough seas.
High temperatures today will peak at 91 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 96 degrees Fahrenheit inland and 80 degrees Fahrenheit up in the hills.
Low temperatures tonight will range from 72 degrees Fahrenheit along coastal areas, to 64 degrees Fahrenheit inland. It will be a cool 60 degrees Fahrenheit up at the exposed areas of the Mountain Pine Ridge and along the Maya Mountains in the south.
The tides: there will be a high tide at 4:29 pm today. This will be followed by a low tide at 11:10 am on Wednesday.
The sun will set at 6:07 pm today. Sunrise on Wednesday will be at 5:41 am.
The moon will rise at 12:49 pm today. It will set at 1:46 am on Wednesday.
The extended forecast, valid through to Thursday afternoon is for variably cloudy, windy and cool weather with little or no rainfall expected.
And that is a look at the weather, with information provided by forecaster Francisca Wellington at the Belize Weather Bureau.
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