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Dry season is here

Bush fires, like this one in the Maraval Hills, are a common feature during the Dry Season. FILE PHOTO
Bush fires, like this one in the Maraval Hills, are a common feature during the Dry Season. FILE PHOTO

The dry season officially began yesterday and while the TT Meteorological Service (TTMS) says it will be milder than usual, we can still expect "impactful drying".

Announcing this yesterday, the TTMS said, "This year had a more subtle beginning to the season, primarily due to the weak La Niña influence, which has been associated with the wetter than usual dry seasons in the past."

However there is still likely to be "impactful drying in March and to some extent in April."

There will likely be a reduction in ground water recharge, surface water flows and rain-fed water availability because of this as well as "an increase in surface dryness as the season progresses, which enhances the potential for bush fires."

The public is advised to conserve, store and manage water in a sustainable manner and to refrain from burning rubbish in grassy or forested areas.

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