GIS - 18 October, 2013: The Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS) are innovating, with the introduction of a new product, namely a forecasting model for seven days which will give an indication of the weather which is likely to prevail in the next days to come.
During a press conference this week, the Director of MMS, Mr Mamade Beebeejaun, said that this weather information will be made available on the new Meteorological website which will be launched shortly.
On the same occasion, he made an overview of the summer 2013-2014 forecast which will be slightly warmer than usual. On certain days, temperatures will occasionally exceed the monthly average by more than two degrees Celcius. Maximum temperatures may reach 35 degress Celcius at Port Louis and along the coastal areas. As regards Rodrigues, maximum temperatures are likely to reach 33 degrees Celcius along the coastal areas on certain occasions. Persistent high temperatures will lead to heat waves and provoke torrid climatic conditions.
According to the Meteorological Services, summer rains will be timely and will begin during the second fortnight of December 2013. Cumulative summer rainfall is expected to be near normal with an average of about 1 350 mm over Mauritius and around 650 mm over Rodrigues.
A total of ten storms expected to evolve in the South West Indian Ocean basin for summer 2013-2014. Mr Beebeejaun pointed out that all cyclones and storms will have a unique name in the southern Indian Ocean and that a cyclone/storm originating from the Australian region and entering the Area of Responsibility of Mauritius will retain its original name and vice versa.
With regard to extreme weather and climatic events, the Director recalled that many extreme events have occurred in the preceding decades over Mauritius in the form of heavy/torrential rainfall leading to flash floods, violent thunderstorm or electric storm accompanied by mini tornadoes and hail storm, micro-bursts, high waves, heat waves and explosive growth of cyclonic activities. He made an appeal to the population to prepare themselves for these extreme weather events so as to minimise impact and loss of lives.
Mr Beebeejaun pointed out that with increasing risks of extreme weather events, there is a need for disaster risk management, adding that Government is fully conscious of these extreme events and a Disaster Management Centre will be shortly inaugurated. In the same vein, he stated that Mauritius will soon make acquisition of Radar Doppler equipment for the Meteorology Services.
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