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In dry spell

Antoinette Connell

In dry spell

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April was one of the driest months in years, and with a relatively quiet hurricane season predicted Barbadians are advised to conserve water.
Acting director of the Meteorological Office, Sonia Nurse, yesterday revealed that just 12.4 mm of rainfall was recorded last month, well below the 60 mm average over the years. Last month’s figure was the eighth lowest since record keeping started in 1942.
This contrasted greatly with April 2013, which was the second wettest with 153mm rainfall, according to Met Office records.
“April may be considered part of the dry season; however, the last few Aprils we had wet Aprils but this is the driest April we had for a little while. If it goes on like this and, say, we get a below normal rainfall in May by a significant amount, then we could be looking at a possible drought situation, but for now we are looking at an extended dry spell. But we would have to monitor that situation and see if this will continue,” she said.