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Beautiful weather for this weekend

Coastal Punta Gorda

Coastal Punta Gorda

Coastal Punta Gorda

Saturday, July 5, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: It is a beautiful, sun-shiny, wind-swept Saturday morning in Southern Belize. And the weather is also beautiful in other parts of the country. But rain is on the way.

The Belize Weather Bureau says that an increase in moisture is expected later today and tonight brought in by an approaching Tropical Wave.  But before the rains come, expect sunny skies with cloudy spells today.

Tonight will turn cloudy at times.

A few showers or isolated thunderstorms will occur mostly over southern and central areas of the country.

Winds over the open sea and along the coat will be easterly at ten to twenty knots.

The sea state will be choppy to moderate.  High temperatures today will be around 89 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 93 degrees Fahrenheit inland and a warm 81 degrees Fahrenheit up in the hills.

Low temperatures at dawn on Sunday will be around 8 around eighty degrees Fahrenheit along the coast; 75 degrees Fahrenheit inland and a comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit up at the higher elevations of the Mountain Pine Ridge and along the Maya Mountains in the south.

The tides: there will be a high tide at 3:29 PM today, then a low tide occurs at 9:40 PM.

The will set this evening at 6:32 PM.  Sunrise on Sunday is at 5:23 am.

The extended forecast valid through to Sunday is for some cloudy spells with a few showers or isolate thunderstorms developing.

And that is a look at the weather, with information provided by forecaster Michael Gentle at the Belize Weather Bureau.

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