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Get Your Umbrella Ready: Showers and Storms Throughout the Day

Oct 20, 2023 | Costa Rica, News & Articles | 0 comments

  • Showers expected to continue into the early evening. Showers may persist into the weekend.


The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) has reported that there will be showers with possible thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and early evening in various parts of the country.


In the Central Valley and mountainous areas of the Caribbean and Northern Zone, isolated showers with possible thunderstorms are expected. Experts have indicated rainfall amounts between 20 and 50 mm.


On the other hand, the IMN has noted that on the Pacific slope, scattered showers and storms are expected. Heavy rains will fall in mountainous areas and move towards coastal regions. Rainfall amounts are estimated between 40 and 70 mm.


The heavy showers are due to the unstable conditions that still persist in the atmosphere over the country due to the proximity of the Intertropical Convergence Zone and the high moisture content.


Weekend Forecast:


Meteorologists have also predicted that heavy rains will continue into the weekend due to the possible formation of a low-pressure system over the Caribbean Sea off the coasts of Costa Rica and Panama.


According to the IMN, rainfall will start on Sunday and extend into the early days of the following week. Furthermore, they warned that there could be incidents due to saturated soils. Experts have emphasized paying special attention to the South Pacific, Nicoya Peninsula, Sarapiquí basin, and mountainous areas near the Central Valley and the Northern Zone.


They also provided these recommendations:


  • Be cautious of sewer saturation in flood-prone areas.
  • Take precautions in the event of a thunderstorm and seek shelter in a safe place if strong wind gusts near the storm clouds are perceived, as there may be the possibility of falling tree branches, power lines, and other hazards. These gusts can reach between 80 to 100 km/h in some isolated cases.
  • Stay informed through social media channels, Twitter: @IMNCR, Facebook: Instituto Meteorológico Nacional CR, and the website:



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