Despite warning, heavy rains fail to materialize

The national weather service predicted from 150 to 220 millimeters of rain on the Caribbean coast in a 4 p.m. bulletin Thursday. That prediction means from six to more than 8 inches of rain.

That put the nation’s emergency services on alert mainly on the Caribbean coast and the northern zone.

But by midnight there did not appear to be heavy rain if data from automatic weather stations are accurate.

There were 76.8 millimeters (about three inches) of rain in Limón Thursday, but the rain fell in the late morning and early afternoon.

The Instituto Meteorological Nacional said that heavy rain was expected over night. Most of the northern zone remained dry or nearly so Thursday through midnight.

San José received about 34 millimeters overnight into Thursday morning. That’s about 1.4 inches.

High winds continued to be recorded mainly in  Guanacaste. These are a consequence of the cold front, which passed over the country from north to south.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias has local committees that keep track of situations in their area.

The commission also warned that since Oct. 26 there have been alerts in some areas where landslides are likely.

These areas are mostly in the southern metro area. Heavy rains can cause the soil to slip and inflict major damage.

The chilly weather in the metro area brought out the first signs of winter clothes. Some persons were wearing gloves and wrapping scarves around their neck.

Evening temperatures in San José were about 17 degrees C. (64 degrees F.) with gusts of 34 kph (about 21 mph).

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