The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says drought conditions in the Caribbean will continue in several countries for the July to September period this year.
In its latest Caribbean Climate Outlooks publication, the CIMH said the situation is due in part to a weak El Niño.
It said a progressive increase in wet spells is expected throughout the region, but fewer than in most wet seasons.
The Institute said the spells may bring some level of drought relief, but also concern for flooding.
It said peak heat stress will likely be experienced between August and September, especially during heatwaves.
It said severe, or worse, drought will develop in northern Belize, eastern Cuba, coastal French Guiana, the northern Leewards, western parts of Trinidad and in Barbados, southern Belize, southernmost, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, southwestern Haiti, Martinique and Trinidad.