ISSUED AT: 01:53 PM
Date: Monday 11th of February 2019
The forecast for the second ten days of February indicates low rainfall amounts are likely to continue with less than average rainfall expected, as dry and hot weather is set to dominate. Scanty to moderate showers are expected on the 12th, 16th, 17th and 20th in Trinidad and on the 12th, 13th, 16th and 17th in Tobago. Ten-day rainfall totals are not expected to exceed 10.0 mm. Temperatures are expected to remain warmer than average with maximum temperatures likely to peak near 32.0⁰ C in Trinidad and near 31.0⁰ C in Tobago. Farmers should expect an increase in heat and water stress in newly planted, germinating and developing plants. Given the anticipated hot and dry conditions, farmers should protect crop root areas by mulching after wetting, and provide shade for livestock, where necessary.