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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019. 4:05 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Despite increasing rainfall, the Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF), says Belize and some countries in the eastern Caribbean could see rainfall deficits this year and into 2020.

CariCOF released its newsletter of August on Monday, which said that rainfall in the region is expected to increase, but that some countries, Belize included, should still be concerned about drought.

 “It is likely that parts of Belize, particularly in the northwest, can still have concerns over short term drought that can impact agricultural production and small rivers, streams, and ponds,” CariCOF said. “With rainfall deficits still possible despite the increasing rainfall, concerns exist for parts of the eastern Caribbean and Belize over long term drought that can impact rivers and reservoirs by the end of the wet season at the end of November.”

The organization added that the prediction raises some initial concerns over water availability entering the 2019/2020 dry season. The warning falls in line with the prediction made by the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN), earlier this year, that Belize is among several nations which could see an extended drought.

 

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