Low-pressure system moving north over sea

A threatening low-pressure area has moved north without inflicting serious damage on Costa Rica. The low-pressure system has strengthened but it is located offshore above the Nicaraguan-Honduran border, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

In Costa Rica the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that unstable air would dominate the weather patterns today. The institute blamed the low-pressure system even though it is moving northward.

The weather institute said that the system was bringing moisture into the country by way of the Pacific. It predicted downpours today in the Central Valley and the Pacific coast. The northern zone and the Caribbean will mostly have rain in the mountains, it said.

Meanwhile, the hurricane center raised its estimate and said the low-pressure system has a 30 percent chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours.

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