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Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2021. 7:44 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) said this week that there are no major concerns over short-term drought up to the end of July, despite pockets of drought being formed within the region, reports the Jamaica Gleaner.

The Barbados-based network released its latest publication on Wednesday, noting that monitoring activities should be continued despite the positive outlook.

“The region should nonetheless monitor their streams, small rivers and soil moisture as the typically dry conditions can continue at least into May in many areas, including United States Virgin Islands, northern Haiti, northern Bahamas, western Cuba, and parts of Belize,” the CDPMN said.

The organization has raised concerns with respect to long-term drought and its potential impact on large rivers and reservoirs and underground sources in Antigua, St Kitts, and southwest Belize by the end of May. The organization also believes that islands of the eastern Caribbean and the northern Dominican Republic should be monitoring water resources for long-term drought as these islands experienced mixed conditions during the first three months of the year.

With respect to Belize, the CDPMN added that conditions ranged from severely dry around the southwestern border to moderately wet in northern areas.

Belize has been seeing successive periods of hot and dry weather within the past few weeks, prompting several heat warnings from the National Meteorological Service.

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