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Hail falling in Cayo District as thunderstorms sweep Belize

Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2023. 10:18 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Tonight, a strong thunderstorm watch is in effect for thunderstorms with severe lightning, heavy rainfall and strong damaging winds according to the National Meteorological Service.

According to some residents of the Cayo District, there is also hail, a type of solid precipitation that looks like ice pellets but is different in formation. Hail forms in strong thunderstorm clouds, particularly those with intense updrafts, high liquid-water content, great vertical extent, large water droplets, and where a good portion of the cloud layer is below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit). In the tropics, it is typically observed at higher elevations.

One reader told us that in the Baldy Beacon area, the storm went on for 20 minutes and was like nothing they had ever experienced. We have not received any reports of property damage or injury.

Hailstones can grow to more than two inches across and weigh more than a pound and larger ones can cause severe damage.

Earlier this afternoon, temperatures were above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some inland areas, with tonight’s low temperature below 70 degrees as rain and thunderstorms were forecast countrywide.

Sunday’s weather forecast is for cloudy, cool conditions with more rainfall, while temperatures are expected to go down some from Saturday’s highs.

 

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