The National Meteorological Service of Belize has forecasted that the early part of the rainy season for 2020 will not be as active as usual. However, this rainy season will bring relief to farmers and other residents of Belize who have been suffering as a result of wildfires. According to Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Ronald Gordon, rainfall will be below normal levels for the north and central areas while for the south, rainfall will be at normal levels.
Ronald Gordon, Climatologist, National Meteorological Service: “We are expecting that the rainy season will kick in however our forecast is indicating that the rainy season or at least the earlier part of the rainy season will not be as rainy as normal so we don’t expect as much rainfall as we normally receive especially for the first few months which are late May, Jun, July; indications are that rainfall will be below normal for those months. In terms of the probability for rainfall to be below normal we expect it mostly for the north and central areas while for the south we’re looking at rainfall to be normal to just slightly below normal however northern parts of the country and central parts we’re going for below normal rainfall. What we can say is that the latter part of the season, September, October, November, indications are that we are going to return to near normal rainfall which will help to replenish some of the reservoirs that are across the country so the latter part of the rainy season we should be seeing a reprieve so to speak from the excessive dry conditions.”