Regional climate specialists are warning that the likely development of El Niño conditions this summer will not protect the Caribbean from severe storms and hurricanes.

While El Nino is associated with drought, the Caribbean Sea is unusually warm, providing the opportunity for strong hurricanes to develop even if conditions are as anticipated, very dry this summer.

This conflict in weather patterns has experts worried at the UWI’s Global Institute for Climate Smart and Resilient Development, plus those at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology.