Costa Rica will likely continue experiencing windy conditions in its central and northern regions until at least Tuesday, as cold push #13 influences the weather, says the National Meteorological Institute (IMN).
The constant atmospheric pressure increase over Central America and the Caribbean Sea basin, due to cold push #13, creates strong trade winds with gusts from strong to very strong, according to meteorologists.
On Sunday morning, significant wind gusts were recorded, with La Cruz de Guanacaste experiencing the strongest at 86.1 km/h. Other strong gusts occurred in Bagaces (69 km/h), Tobías Bolaños International Airport and Belén de Heredia (60 km/h), Sardinal (58 km/h), and Poás Volcano, Ciudad Colón, and Juan Santamaría International Airport (56 km/h).
Meteorologists expect the windy conditions to continue until next Tuesday, with slight changes in gust intensity. Official warnings highlight the importance of paying close attention to very strong wind gusts in the North Pacific and the Central Valley, as detailed in Sunday’s report.
On Friday, the Emergency Commission (CNE) advised everyone to exercise caution and avoid proximity to trees, signs, power lines, and fences, as per the commission’s president, Alejandro Picado. They also encourage business owners to check sign anchorages for safety and to prevent potential accidents.
Considering these conditions, the IMN recommends taking preventive measures against wind gusts and their potential impacts on roofs, electrical wiring, signs, and trees, particularly in the country’s mountainous areas and Guanacaste, including national parks and volcanoes.
Furthermore, the weather institute advises caution in air navigation due to increased turbulence and maritime navigation due to rough seas, especially in the North Pacific, Gulf of Nicoya, and the northern part of the Central Pacific.
Lastly, they emphasize the importance of not starting fires as the risk of them becoming uncontrollable increases under the current weather conditions.
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1. Be prepared for windy conditions: If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica’s central and northern regions, be prepared for windy conditions. Make sure to pack appropriate clothing such as jackets or windbreakers.
2. Take precautions with the wind: Exercise caution when near trees, signs, power lines, and fences as they may be affected by strong winds. Stay away from these structures to prevent potential incidents.
3. Stay updated on weather conditions: Check the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) or other reliable sources for up-to-date weather forecasts. This will help you plan your activities accordingly and be prepared for any changes in the weather.
4. Avoid high-risk areas: The IMN has advised special attention to very strong wind gusts in the North Pacific and Central Valley. If possible, avoid these areas or take extra precautions when traveling there.
5. Be cautious in air and maritime navigation: Increased wind gusts can lead to turbulence in air navigation and rough seas in maritime navigation. If you plan to travel by air or sea, be aware of these conditions and take necessary precautions.
6. Avoid lighting fires: Due to the increased risk of uncontrollable fires under the prevailing weather conditions, it is crucial to avoid lighting fires. This will help prevent accidents and further damage to the environment.