Some parts of Central Valley get soaking downpour

Heavy rains hit Heredia, Santa Ana and other parts of the Central Valley Thursday afternoon, and in some cases did damage and caused local flooding. Some rivers overflowed their banks.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said 40 millimeters (about 1.6 inches) fell at Juan Santamaría airport between 2 and 4 p.m.  As usual, the thunderstorms were highly variable. San José got just 6 millimeters, about three tenths of an inch, and that was after 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The weather institute had cautioned that high morning temperatures and moist marine winds from the Pacific were likely to cause storms. The institute predicted up to 50 millimeters over six hours.

The Caribbean and the northern zone got less.

The same is predicted for today for the Central Valley and the Pacific coast.

At the Estadio Nacional, the rains held off until the inauguration ceremonies for Luis Guillermo Solís had ended.

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