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Independence Day Weather: A mix of sunshine and showers

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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2023. 6:30 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: Belizeans across the country woke up to a relatively moist northeasterly airflow this Independence Day morning, according to the latest update from the National Meteorological Service of Belize. The general situation calls for a blend of sunny spells and cloudy periods, offering a mix of elements for the festivities.

The weather report, issued at 6:00 AM by forecaster Crystal Rosalez, anticipates that the morning will be sunny with some cloudy spells, with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms primarily affecting southern regions. By mid-morning, the weather activity is expected to shift to northern and central coastal areas, lingering over inland areas during the afternoon. As Belizeans begin their evening Independence Day celebrations, they can expect conditions to be cloudy at times, with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms developing over the south and some coastal areas.

For those looking to celebrate near the coast or at sea, the winds are expected to blow from the east-northeast at speeds ranging between 5 to 15 knots. The sea state is described as being between slight and light chop, with wave heights expected to be between 1 and 4 feet. This suggests a generally safe condition for small boating activities and watersports.

Temperature-wise, Belizeans on the coast can expect highs of 90°F (32°C) and lows of 81°F (27°C). For those inland, the mercury is anticipated to reach a peak of 95°F (35°C) and a low of 73°F (23°C). Residents and visitors in the hills will experience cooler temperatures, with highs around 82°F (28°C) and lows of 68°F (20°C).

Looking ahead to Friday, skies are expected to be partly cloudy with a few showers or isolated thunderstorms mainly over the southern region in the morning and inland during the afternoon. Friday night is expected to be fairly isolated in terms of rainfall activity.

For today, low tide is expected at 8:37 AM, followed by high tide at 2:57 PM and another low tide at 7:27 PM. The sun is expected to set at 5:49 PM, giving way to a moonrise at 11:20 AM, followed by a moonset at 10:31 PM.

As Belize marks its 42nd year of independence, the weather, although not picture-perfect, seems conducive for both outdoor and indoor celebrations. With a mix of sun and showers, it’s a day reflective of the country’s diverse and vibrant culture.

For more updates, residents are advised to stay tuned to the National Meteorological Service of Belize. Happy Independence Day to all Belizeans, at home and abroad, from the Breaking Belize News staff and management.


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