Some break in rains predicted likely by Wednesday

The nation’s weather experts are predicting a slackening of the rain after two days of soaking for some areas.

The Instituto Meteorological Nacional said that there have been accumulations of from 15 to 70 millimeters of rain from Sunday afternoon.

The rain was not intense but steady.

A low pressure system in Panamá has moved north bringing the intermittent rain to the Pacific coast and the northern Caribbean.

Earth University in Guácimo reported 44.9 millimeters of rain since 7 a.m. Monday. That’s about 1.8 inches. The airport at Limón reported 69.3 millimeters or 2.7 inches. San José had 16.7 millimeters or seven-tenths of an inch by midnight, according to the automatic weather station in Barrio Aranjuez.

The national emergency commission is standing by. Despite the absence of Atlantic hurricanes, local
rains have been highly damaging in May and June in other years.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias said that the only reported damage was to a bridge over the Río Banderas in La Roxana de Pococí. The commission’s central office in Pavas is hooked up to hundreds of local stations that cover the entire country.

Rivers continued to rise early today, and the potential for damage depends on the quantity of rain that falls this morning.

The weather institute said that a return to typical weather is likely by Wednesday. That means clear hot mornings with afternoon rains. Until then, the rain is expected to continue off and on throughout the day.

One area of great concern is the Ruta 1856 that has been ripped into the landscape along the Río San Juan in northern Costa Rica. Most of the roadway still is bare ground highly subject to erosion.

If mud pours into the river, the potential for an international incident with Nicaragua exists.

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