The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) has shared relevant information about the weather conditions for today in Guatemala. According to experts, a slight entry of humidity is expected from both coasts, which will promote cloudiness with scattered rains over the coastal, northern and Caribbean regions, without ruling out local rains in other areas of the country.
Since dawn, the presence of fog in valleys or mountains and cloudiness with rains in the Caribbean region have been reported. In addition, scattered cloudiness is expected during the day.
Due to the high temperatures, severe local storms with abundant rain, strong winds and the possibility of hail falling in mountainous or volcanic sectors are not ruled out.
The wind will continue to predominate from the northeast, being light in general but moderate in the regions of the Central Altiplano and the Eastern Valleys.
Given these weather conditions, Insivumeh recommends taking necessary precautions, avoiding exposure to the sun for prolonged periods and staying informed about weather conditions through official sources of information from the institution.
The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) also shares important advice:
Maintain precautions against expected rains, as they can generate lahars in the volcanic chain. Take precautions against sudden river flooding, mass movements or damage to the country’s road network. Stay informed through official sources of the institution. Keep the 72-hour backpack ready in case of any emergency.
Regarding volcanic activity, it is reported that the Pacaya volcano presents low frequency events, indicating movement of magma and gases within the volcanic edifice. The Fuego volcano registers 4 to 6 weak and moderate explosions per hour, with columns of gas and ash up to 4,700 meters above sea level, dispersing to the west and southwest. The explosions are accompanied by avalanches and weak rumblings.
At the Santiaguito volcano, constant degassing is observed with columns of gas and ash up to 3,500 meters above sea level. Seismic stations continue to record weak to moderate explosions that generate avalanches in all directions and columns of gas and ash.
The population is advised to pay attention to updates from the authorities and follow safety recommendations in the event of volcanic activity or adverse weather conditions.
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