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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020. 5:46 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Service of Belize (Met Service) has warned that more sargassum seaweed is making its way to Belize.

The Met Service issued the warning today as part of its morning weather report, noting that the latest observations show a few sargassum mats over the area.

“These mats will likely drift ashore and produce moderate impacts on local beaches in the coming days,” the Met Service said.

While Sargassum can affect the region as early as January of each year, winds tend to blow the seaweed mats away from Belize for up to March/April when there is a shift. Once the winds shift Belize can see sargassum arriving on its shore between April and September. In August 2019, beaches in Placencia were covered in Sargassum, which ruined the aesthetic of the area and filled the area with a putrid smell that made it impossible for businesses in the area to operate.

While Belize was hit hard, the country still managed to escape being hit by a mass of Sargassum the size of Jamaica, that went past the country and ended up in Mexico last July.

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