The winds that picked up Tuesday morning will continue in the Central Valley and the Pacific coast through Wednesday, said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional in a 7 p.m. Monday bulletin.
Meanwhile, the Caribbean coast is getting rain. The weather institute said that nearly an inch and a quarter fell in some parts of the coast and that more was expected overnight. Rain and clouds were expected to move into the higher parts of the Central Valley, too.
Meanwhile, gusts of up to 100 kph (62 mph) are expected in the lower regions of the valley and the north Pacific. Isolated rains and some thunderstorms are predicted for the central Pacific and the southwestern part of the country, said the weather agency.
The weather institute warned of possible falling branches and trees in the metro area and turbulence in the mountains. The bulletin urged extreme vigilance on the Caribbean coast for rising water in streams and rivers. There should be no open burning, the weather institute said.
The Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica’s meteorology service, said that a ridge of high pressure remains dominant across the Gulf of Mexico. The wet weather along the Limón coast is caused by low pressure in the Caribbean which favors development of storms from Panamá into Costa Rica. it said.