Wind up to 85 kph (53 mph) chilled the Central Valley Thursday, a continuation of the effects of the high pressure area that still is over the Caribbean.
Perhaps the most noticeable result has been the buildup of trash in the metro area. New Year’s celebrations and a holiday for municipal cleanup crews and trash collectors accentuated the problem.
The winds piled up trash in doorways, gutters and other crannies. Piles of boxes and other waste from retail establishments were quickly distributed by the winds.
Stray animals had a field day with refuse from food stores and restaurants.
The situation is expected to improve today when garbage trucks are back in business and municipal workers hit the streets with their wheelbarrows, brooms and plastic bags.
The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said in a special midday bulletin that the winds were stronger in the mountains. The bulletin also predicted accumulations of rain in the mountains of the Caribbean and the northern zone.
Also predicted were sprinkles in parts of the Central Valley.
In rural areas, of course, the wind created
accumulations of leaves and other vegetation. Many trees experienced a light pruning.
The weather institute also issued an advisory for light aircraft, and said pilots should avoid turbulence generated by the winds in the mountains.
There also was a burning alert issued because the institute said that with such high winds, fires can get out of control easily.