Strong winds predicted to continue for today

Strong winds spawned by a passing cold front have raked the country and caused some damage.

More of the same is predicted for today with the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional saying winds would be up to 100 kph on the Caribbean coast and elsewhere. That’s about 62 mph.

The weather institute said that there was some increase in the levels of Caribbean rivers. It said that the ríos Reventazón, Sarapiquí, and Pacuare were
showing the effects of up to 100 millimeters (nearly four inches) of rain in the eastern mountains.

The winds were accompanied by cold. The overnight temperature in Cartago hit 12.1 C. or 53.8 F. In San José the overnight low was reported at 13.6 C. or 56.5 F.

The biggest victims of the winds were the various power companies that suffered a series of outages from wires clashing. There were some reports of damages to homes and some trees that fell. Such winds are typical of the season.

For today, the weather institute predicts cloudy skies and variable rain on the Caribbean coast and the northern zone. Strong winds will continue in the Central Valley and the north Pacific with some reduction as the day advances. Low temperatures will be the norm in the Central Valley, it said.

The weather institute continued its warnings against fires and the use of light planes and small boats.

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