Cooler December Weather Hits Belize

Cooler December Weather Hits Belize

The heatwaves of October are a distant memory now, as Belize continues to experience cooler weather that is more common in December. According to the National Meteorological Service, some parts of the country even saw record-low temperatures today. Chief Met Officer Ronald Gordon spoke on what’s going on with the weather this week.

Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorologist: “We have been experiencing cool and dry conditions after a relatively strong cold front crossed the country on Sunday December 17. Since that system crossed a very strong high pressure ridge has been maintaining a very cool north to northwesterly flow over the area supporting very cool conditions especially at night time. In terms of temperatures the lowest was yesterday Monday and those values were in the range of around mid to upper 60’s along the coast and the upper fifties in the interior of the country. Looking back at our record there has not been any significant record breaking except for two stations that we have noticed so far and this is preliminary data for this particular day which is the 19th. So we did an analysis of three days the 17th, 18th and 19th and we saw that only on the 19th which was this morning we had seen two stations that showed a break in the record compared to our historical values. Those were in Libertad which recorded about 56.3 degrees Fahrenheit this morning and the previous record for this particular day was 59.9 in 2010. And then we had Belinda in the Stann Creek district which recorded 61.7 Fahrenheit this morning as well and the previous record was for that station was 62.1 back in 2010. Except for those stations we didn’t have any record breaking for any  particular day and as a matter of fact the lowest temperatures on record for the past three days in history was 11.7 degrees Celsius or 53.1 Fahrenheit in Central Farm back in 1982 many many years ago.”

Gordon also said that the weather is expected to gradually become warmer as the week progresses.

Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorologist: “We do know that we have frontal incursions during December and that is not unusual at all. That is actually normal for this time of the year to have these cold fronts coming down and these high pressure ridges coming behind them supporting very cool conditions across the country. This is typical for this time of the year. We’re in the month of December and we know that for December and even January it gets colder and even into February so this is our cold season so to speak and this is not extremely or abnormal to that extent at all. Yes looking ahead at the forecast things are going to gradually warm up. We are going to see a shift more toward, in terms of the winds, they’ll be shifting more toward the east, the north east and east therefore we’ll have this maritime air mass coming in which is warmer and more moist. Therefore that will result in an increase in showers, light rain across the country, along the coast as we say it breaks up the cold front that’s the typical words that we would use in Belize but it typically means that we’re shifting from a more continental air mass to a more maritime air mass which is warmer and moist and therefore a slight increase in temperature. Another aspect without going to technical is when you have more cloudiness you have less cooling due to radiation cooling as we describe it. When you have clear nights you don’t have that blanket over you, the clouds is sort of like a blanket that traps the terrestrial radiation going out into space therefor you have cooler conditions when you have those cloudless nights as we have been seeing. But as we shift to a more maritime air mass in the next few days we’re going to be seeing more clouds and therefore slightly warmer temperatures at night time and a slight increase in rainfall especially light rain and those will affect mostly the coastal areas and offshore areas going into the weekend and then eventually the northern and central parts of the country later on Friday and Saturday.”

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