Jamaica Climate
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Jamaica Fruits

Climate Branch / Meteorological Service




Brief Summary:   Through the period of September to November the computer models are indicating above normal in rainfall amount across most areas with warmer than normal temperatures. Over the past two months forecast from the models has grown in confidence as environmental and local factors become favourable.

The forecast for September to November are indicating an increase in rainfall amounts as environmental conditions become more favourable towards the later part of the hurricane season. Therefore, the predictions for the next three months are for above normal rainfall with no drought concern, especially over central and western parishes.

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November 2016 drought map 

SPI Data Used In Jamaica Drought Monitor



SPI Values 

 Near Normally Drying (40%tile)

 0.0 to -0.4 

Abnormally Dry


-0.5 to -0.7 

Moderate Drought


-0.8 to -1.2 

Severe Drought


-1.3 to -1.5 

Extreme Drought


-1.6 to -1.9 

Exceptional Drought


-2.0 or less 


SPI Values 

Near Normally Wetness (60%tile)

 0.0 to 0.4 

Abnormally Wetness (70%tile)

0.5 to 0.7 

Moderate Wetness


0.8 to 1.2 

Severe Wetness


1.3 to 1.5 

Extreme Wetness


1.6 to 1.9 

Exceptional Wetness


2.0 or more 

Near normal drying and Abnormally Dry …are used for areas showing dryness but not yet in drought

Near normal wetness and Abnormally wetness …are used for areas recovering from drought.