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Ultraviolet radiation index map for Tuesday July 7, 2020

(QCOSTARICA) Although we are in the rainy or "green" season, the sun can be strong and we have to take care of exposure to ultraviolet radiation. For this, the IMN, Costa Rica's national weather institute, publishes a UV radiation map and index daily. For Tuesday, July...

New tropical wave will bring heavy downpours starting this Monday

(QCOSTARICA) Heavy downpours, strong winds, and lightning are expected to start this Monday with the arrival of tropical wave number six. The passage of the last wave produced havoc in certain sectors of the country, which was barely recovering from the heavy rains and instability...

Swollen rivers, landslides and sewer collapse due to heavy rains reported

(QCOSTARICA) As tropical wave number four makes its way through Costa Rica, it produced heavy rains from late afternoon Tuesday and well into the night in many areas around the country. Reports from communities and the National Emergency Commission (Comisión Nacional de Emergencias - CNE)...

Is it wet enough? IMN has the numbers

Think it didn't rain much yesterday? The rainy season has consolidated and intensified throughout the country at the end of May. Take a look at the numbers provided by the IMN, the national weather service, for the different parts of the country in the 24-hour...

Yellow alert in Guanacaste and Green alert other parts of the country

The atmospheric instability presented in recent days has generated significant accumulated rainfall, especially along the Pacific, Central Valley and some sectors of the North Zone and Sarapiquí. According to the national weather system (IMN) stations, the highest amounts of rainfall (between 100 mm and 120...

Green Alert For Central Valley

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - National Emergency Commission - declared on Sunday a green alert for the Central Valley for heavy rains and thunderstorms. The alert is to continue today Monday. The alert came after many rivers, streams, creeks and culverts in the...

Tropical Disturbance To Unleash Flooding Rain This Week

The weather this morning in the Central Valley - and most of the country - is an indication of what to expect this coming week. Accuweather says that heading into the second week of the 2019 hurricane season in the East Pacific basin, a tropical...

Heavy Downpours Forecast For Today Saturday

A low pressure system and the rainy season are the cause of climatic conditions that may see downpours, mainly in the Central Valley, Caribbean, Guanacaste and Northern Zone today, Saturday. The national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), says that as much as 50...

Downpours and thunderstorms will continue through the weekend

High temperatures will continue throughout the weekend a couple of degrees higher than normal, resulting in hot and very muggy weather (bochornoso), causing severe downpours, lightning and thunderstorms in some areas. The rains are primarily foreseen for the afternoons, while mornings are sunny and hot. These...

How Cold Does It Get In Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is known as a tropical paradise. Being closer to the equator, it has been classified as a tropical country, meaning hot. But just take a look at the following minimum temperatures recorded on March 14, 2019, by the IMN - the national weather...

Expect A Hot One Today. And For The Next 9 Months!

The national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), is forecasting a hot one for today, Monday, February 18, 2019. According to the IMN, we can foresee the hot temperatures across the entire country caused by the low moisture content in the environment. And no...

Wind Gusts To Reach 100 km/h Today (Tuesday)

Windy conditions will continue today (Tuesday) with wind gusts reaching up to 100 km/h (62 mph) in some areas. According to the national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), the impact of cold thrust number 14 will continue for the coming days The strong winds...

Careful! Strong winds will be with us all week

The presence of high-pressure systems in the Caribbean that maintain masses of cold air near the country will cause strong winds and lower temperatures throughout the week. Daniel Poleo, of the national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), reported that maximum gusts of between...

Cold Surge Chills Costa Rica

Don't have coat or abrigo in Spanish? At least a sweater or windbreaker? You might want to get one if you are going to go out in the mornings or evenings in the coming days. According to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - the national...

Want to know what the weather is like today in Costa Rica?

Want to know what the weather is like today? Just look out your window. Good chances it is raining where you are. If not, it most likely will be raining soon. For certain it is raining somewhere over Costa Rica at this very moment. Today,...

Rain, Rian, And Even More Rain!

It is October, the worst month of the rainy season. The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) calls to be alert for the passage of tropical wave #39 that is currently over Costa Rica, that is expected to dump lots of rain in the coming...

New Meteorological Radar Will Detect Volcanic Ash, Heavy Rain and Hail in Diameter of 120 Km

The new radar of the national weather service, the N Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) will detect in real time the threats from heavy rains in a diameter of 120 kilometers. Its instruments will also alert on the presence and direction of volcanic ash, as well...

Heavy Downpours Today Will Be All Over Costa Rica

The national weather service confirmed that the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) remains active over the country, significantly destabilizing the atmosphere over Costa Rica. On the other hand, tropical storm Alberto was formed 90 km east of the Yucatan peninsula, according to the National Hurricane Center,...

A Wet and Windy Dec. 31 Expected For The Northen Zone And Caribbean

A low-pressure system is dampening the year-end plans of many, with rain in areas of Northern Zone and the Caribbean, and intermittent drizzle in the Central Valley. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) - national weather service - explains that it is part of the normality...

La Niña Is Here. This Is What That Means for Costa Rica.

The climatic phenomenon of La Niña began to be present in Costa Rica and expected to last for almost six months, until March or April of 2018. La Niña, originating from Spanish, meaning "little girl", is a coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that is the counterpart of El...

It’s Been A Wet Week And The Season Has Only Started

The 'rainy' season has just gotten underway, a few weeks earlier than usual, and it's been already a wet one. How wet has it been? According to the experts at the national weather institute, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional Costa Rica (IMN), already fallen this month...

Costa Rica Irazu Volcano Covered in Frost

Q COSTA RICA - It may sound strange to hear of frost in Costa Rica, but it is a fact, the low temperatures last week (and altitude) resulted in the landscape atop the Irazu volcano to be covered in frost (Escarcha in Spanish). This is...

Downpours Expected Today. Don’t Forget The Rain Gear!

"El Veranillo de San Juan" will take a break today (and may for the coming day or two) as a Tropical Wave  (Onda Tropical in Spanish) is expected to drench the Central Valley and North Pacific coast this morning (Thursday). The national weather service, the...

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