Ambergris Caye: Conditions this morning by Elbert just before or after this post!
Present Condition: Cloudy skies as a cold front crosses the country. Cool and windy conditions prevail behind a cold front.
Advisories: *A Small Craft Warning is in effect. Operators of small crafts should stay in safe harbor.*
Cloudy at times with a few showers, periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms occurring mainly offshore this morning. A few showers and periods of rain will affect mostly central and southern parts of the country this afternoon and tonight.
Winds: N-NW, 15-25 kts Gusty Sea State:
Moderate - Rough
Waves: 5-7 ft.
Sea Surface Temperature (°f): 81
For Sunday and Sunday night is for a few showers, periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms occurring mostly over central and southern Belize.
Sargassum Forecast from February 16 to February 24:
Observations suggest that there is the chance of a few sargassum mats affecting beaches mainly in the south of the country. San Pedro has a low probability and a minimal expected impact.
Tropical Weather Outlook:
There are no organized tropical features across the Atlantic basin at this time. Updates will resume at the beginning of the 2021 hurricane season (June 1).
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The Caribbean Sea
A cold front reaches from west-central Cuba to the Gulf of
Honduras. Recent buoy and earlier scatterometer satellite data
indicated 20 to 30 kt winds west of the front, with seas
estimated to be 6 to 9 ft. Moderate NE winds and 5 to 7 ft seas
are noted elsewhere over the northwest Caribbean. Fresh to strong
trade winds are noted over the south-central Caribbean, with 6 to
9 ft seas. Winds are a little stronger off the coast of northeast
Colombia where a recent ship observation confirmed 30 kt winds.
Seas off the coast of Colombia are estimated to be as high as 11
ft. Moderate trade winds are noted elsewhere over the eastern
Caribbean. A few showers are evident over the northwest Gulf near
the front, and across the southeast Caribbean.
For the forecast, the front will move little then stall from
central Cuba to the Gulf of Honduras today, before dissipating
Sun. High pressure building in the wake of the front north of the
area will support fresh to strong NE winds east of 80W into Sun,
fresh to strong NE winds across the Windward Passage, and
overnight pulses to gale force off the coast of Colombia Sun night
through mid week.
On Ambergris Caye this morning we have a strong Northwest wind blowing at 22 mph creating a rough sea condition around our barrier reef. It's a chilly 68 degrees with an expected high temperature predicted to be 77 f. Burrr!
The NASA picture is showing some traces of the earlier cold air still trying to come in from the west, but the easterly Caribbean wind is taking over and bringing a lot of cloud in from the Caribbean, yet there is still northerly cool air mixed up with that Caribbean winds. Could well be rain out at sea.
Rather mixed weather for Belize, sun in the north, some sone in parts of the south and heavy cloud over most of central areas which could produce some rain during the day.
Temperatures in Belmopan : ( Coast usually cooler, hills even cooler ) Last Night 20°C 68°F Yesterday 29°C 85°F Yesterday Rain 18 mm ( 0.7")