Climatic conditions are currently difficult in the French West Indies.

Météo-France therefore placed Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy on Saturday afternoon in orange vigilance for heavy rains and thunderstorms, predicting an accumulation of precipitation over the next few hours.

“A vast mass of humid and unstable air concerns the entire Caribbean arc and is generating numerous rainy and stormy passages over the next few days”, specify the meteorological services, which have placed the French West Indies on orange alert at 17 hours (11 p.m. in Paris) and plan to keep them there until Tuesday or Wednesday.

Rains and gusts of wind

According to Météo-France, in Guadeloupe, "showers become frequent, often sustained and accompanied by gusts of wind reaching 60 to 80 km / h" during the night.

Precipitation can generate accumulations of rain "of the order of 50 to 80 mm in a short time (3 hours or less)" over the entire territory.

At the start of the evening, Martinique will be affected by “total rain of around 50 mm in 3 hours”.

In the second part of the night, the Martinican territory could undergo "a powerful stormy axis which is located on the near Atlantic" generating "accumulations of rain between 80 and 100 mm in a few hours".

This precipitation may be accompanied by gusts of wind blowing up to 80 km / h and strong electrical activity.

Recurring alerts in Martinique

The island is experiencing its 24th episode of vigilance for heavy rains and thunderstorms since June 1, 2022, the official start of the hurricane season.

The prefect of Martinique Jean-Christophe Bouvier also recommended "to the population to remain vigilant and to keep themselves informed of the evolution of the situation", advocating "the greatest caution on the roads".

In Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, intense rainy and stormy periods can give significant accumulations of rain in a very short time, and are also accompanied by a strengthening of the wind up to 40/50 km/h in average wind and 80 km / h in gusts, according to Météo-France.

These rainy-stormy episodes are symptomatic of the end of the hurricane season which ends on November 30.


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