It’s umbrella time today, but weekend may be better

Today is expected to be a damp one in many parts of the country, but the weather prediction for Saturday and Sunday suggests there might be time for a picnic or a soccer game.

Unstable weather was moving into the country from Panamá Thursday night.  The weather station at Sierpe on the Osa peninsula reported showers after lunch and a real downpour between 6 and 9 p.m. There was a total of  64.5 millimeters of rain or about 2.5 inches.

Storms hit Guanacaste, too. Bagaces reported 51.7 millimeters between 4 and 7 p.m.,  a bit more than 2 inches.

There was a string of thunderstorms in the northern zone after dinner, but the accumulation of rain was not great.  The weather station at Upala registered  just 6.8 millimeter, about a third of an inch, between 8 and 10 p.m.

The unstable air was predicted to move north into the central Pacific by early today with the Caribbean and the northern zone getting some of the storms in the morning.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the instability might extend into the Central Valley.

The weather institute issued a special 8 p.m. bulletin warning of the dangers the storms can bring. The bulletin emphasized fog and slippery roads as well as possible flooding.

Still, the outlook for the weekend is better, according to the weather institute.

The prediction is for a decrease in the humidity resulting in isolated showers.

Both days are expected to follow the usual pattern of sunny or partly cloudy skies in the mornings followed by a cloud cover and possible rain in the afternoons or early evenings.

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