The monitoring service of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica is getting a boost, following the signing of an agreement with the World Bank, that will see the construction of a S-Band Doppler Weather Radar.

The new Doppler radar will replace the 20 year old Doppler system that now serves the country.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, says the new system will enable Jamaica to better monitor weather systems across the country.

He says it will also aid the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida, to better monitor and track hurricanes.

He says the new system will help the country achieve it’s climate change milestones.

Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, speaking at the contract signing at the Terra Nova Hotel on Tuesday.

The radar system will cost approximately US$2.4 million. It’s schedule to be commissioned in 14 months.