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Regional climate outlook Dec to Feb

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Rashaed Esson

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December 13, 2023 – The Caribbean region and Belize are set to receive cooler temperatures for December into February, breaking the cycle of high temperatures that moved over the region for the majority of 2023; however, the early dry season, as well as the long dry season in some parts, will also start. This is according to CariCOF’s Caribbean Climate Outlook Newsletter.

 

Comfortable temperature and humidity, the newsletter says, will give the region a break, along with the early dry season in the Caribbean Islands and Belize and the long dry season in the far interior of the Guianas, bringing with it fewer wet days and heavy rains by February. 

 

Fortunately, this generally means a lower risk of floods, as the report highlights (moderate through December). But in mountainous areas, the flood potential remains high.

 

With the dry seasons approaching, the report indicates that there is more concern regarding drought due to rainfall deficits and short dry spells, particularly in northwest Belize.

 

The newsletter breaks down the behavior of the dry season in specific areas starting with Belize, which it says will see a transition into the season from December to January and heavy showers becoming less frequent. 

 

For the Caribbean Islands north of 16 degrees north, there will be an early dry season in December, along with a decrease in rainfall intensity. January will bring sunny days with the potential for showers.

 

In continuation, Caribbean Islands south of 16 degrees north (except ABC Islands) are scheduled to see a transition to the dry season from December to January, along with a reduction in shower frequency and intensity.

 

February will bring the peak of the dry season, with often sunny, mostly light morning or evening showers on some days. The ABC Islands are to experience the transition to the dry season in February.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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