From Belize to Cuba, drought has encompassed a large part of the Caribbean.
The upcoming summer and autumn seasons are typically the wettest months across the Caribbean, so there is certainly a chance that a soaking summer could offset the drier winter and spring.
From Cuba to Belize, a lack of rainfall in 2019 and 2020 has led to significant drought across the region. Pockets of extreme drought have led to wildfires and agricultural stress.
In Mexico, most of the Yucatan Peninsula is under a severe drought, according to Conagua, the official Mexican meteorological agency. That’s due to a combination of short- and long-term drought conditions.
Brush fires have consumed the country of Belize in recent weeks. As of early May, more than 230 forest fires were burning in central and southern parts of the Central American nation. Belize’s official meteorological agency considers most of the country to be under a drought warning, and for some, a drought emergency.
About 90 percent of Cuba is in a rainfall deficit, and about half of it is under a severe or extreme drought.
Further south in Jamaica, an unusually dry February and March is also worsening drought conditions there.
As the Caribbean emerges from its drier months, the notoriously soggy summer and fall could hopefully alleviate the drought. But in the meantime, dry conditions will likely keep the region at higher risk for wildfires and water restrictions.
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