Costa Rica’s meteorological authorities have warned that an incoming cold front will raise atmospheric pressure and strengthen winds nationwide over the next few days. The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) announced that Cold Front 14, currently crossing the Caribbean Sea, will predominantly affect Costa Rica with an increase in wind speeds, particularly in the Central Valley and Guanacaste regions.

As of Monday, maximum wind speeds reached 99 km/h in La Cruz, 88 km/h in Volcán Orosi, 86 km/h in Bagaces, 61 km/h in Belén, and similar intensities in Alajuela. The forecast predicts windy conditions throughout the country at least until Thursday, with varying gust strength.

The IMN recommends closely monitoring the strong gusts expected in the North Pacific coast and Central Valley areas this week. Also, anticipate cloudy skies and scattered showers in the Caribbean region and Northern Zone, while the Pacific slope may escape significant rainfall.

Along with gusty winds, experts predict high coastal waves from the approaching cold front. The Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology (CIMAR-UCR) suggests that waves up to 3.4 meters tall are possible along the North Pacific coast from Coco beaches to the Nicaraguan border.

“Onshore winds will raise the height of swells near the coast, posing a hazard to small and medium vessels,” warned CIMAR’s Omar Lizano on Monday. The North Central Pacific from Tamarindo to Samara may also experience rough surf. Caribbean waters will likely see peak wave heights of around 2.3 meters until Thursday, increasing to about 2.6 meters toward the weekend, while the South Pacific should experience calmer waves of up to 1.5 meters.

Residents and mariners in coastal areas must exercise caution over the next few days due to the anticipated wind and hazardous marine conditions. The active cold front will produce a blustery atmosphere across much of Costa Rica this week.

Key Takeaways From Article
1. Pay attention to weather updates: Keep track of the latest weather updates provided by the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) to stay informed about the expected conditions during your stay in Costa Rica.

2. Prepare for strong winds: As the cold front intensifies winds, especially in the Central Valley and Guanacaste regions, be prepared for blustery conditions. Secure outdoor furniture or any loose items that could be blown away by the wind.

3. Be cautious near the coast: Due to the approaching cold front, high coastal waves are expected along the North Pacific coast. If you plan to engage in water activities or if you are a mariner, exercise caution and avoid venturing out into the rough sea.

4. Bring appropriate clothing: With the forecast of blustery winds and scattered showers in certain regions, it is advisable to pack layers, including windproof jackets and waterproof gear, to stay comfortable and protected from the elements.

5. Plan outdoor activities wisely: If you have outdoor activities planned, take into consideration the weather conditions. Avoid activities that could be risky or unsafe during strong winds, such as hiking in exposed areas or participating in water sports in rough seas.

6. Stay aware of changing conditions: Fluctuations in gust strength and weather patterns are expected throughout the week. Stay vigilant and flexible with your plans, allowing for potential changes or adjustments based on the evolving weather situation.


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