“Today we do expect rain,” said the meteorologist José Álamo this Saturday, from the National Weather Service (SNM) in San Juan.
It is a tropical wave, which it is expected to leave accumulations of one to three inches of rain it will begin to affect Puerto Rico from tonight to tomorrow, Sunday.
But, before the wave arrives, downpours are forecast after noon.
Álamo specified that the area with the highest probability of downpours and thunderstorms, which carry the heaviest rain and thunderstorms, would be reported in the west of the country . Urban and small stream floods are possible.
However, scattered downpours are not ruled out for eastern Puerto Rico and the San Juan metropolitan area.
“It would be more like after noon, especially after 1 : 00 pm “said the expert, commenting that the rain will be caused by local effects and the available humidity.
Already at night the wave will be approaching.
” It is expected that the rain is increasing in the municipalities of eastern Puerto Rico, northeast Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, from the metropolitan area of San Juan to the southeast, “said Álamo.
He noted that the highest concentration of rain will be in the coastal municipalities . Therefore, he was asked if there would be the possibility that the Carraízo reservoir, affected by the severe drought that affects the Island, would not receive water.
“We cannot rule out that any significant downpour enters the basin” he maintained, reiterating that the greatest amount of precipitation is expected for the coast.
Forecasts suggest that the wave should have left western Puerto Rico by tomorrow night.
“The associated humidity and cloudiness associated with the wave are expected to dominate the vast majority of Puerto Rico “, the federal official reiterated.
After the wave passed, dust particles from the Sahara desert will reach the Island and would remain until Wednesday when it is expected that a disturbance of the North may cause more rain.
It would not be until Sun Next week, another tropical wave could affect Puerto Rico, Álamo reported.
On the other hand, the maximum temperature is expected to fluctuate between 90 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit and the heat index will rise to 98 degrees .
Maritime conditions, meanwhile, are choppy.
waves up to seven feet are reported in waters more than 10 miles offshore. A warning for small boat operators is in effect.
In offshore waters, the surf is up to five feet, Alamo said.
The risk of underwater currents is moderate for most beaches. Bathers are advised to exercise caution.