Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tropical Wave forecast to bring rain from Wednesday

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The Barbados Meteorological Services continues to closely monitor the progress of a tropical wave located near 55W south of 15N at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Overnight, deep convection increased near the center of the mid-level circulation, located near 10.5N 55W or about 580 km (360 miles) east southeast of Barbados. The system remains disorganised, however, deep convective development is expected to continue over the next 12 hours.

Conditions will be marginally favorable for some slow development throughout today as it approaches Barbados and the Windward islands.

During its passage across Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, environmental conditions are expected to be less conducive for tropical cyclone development.

The system is expected to track west to west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph over the next 12 to 24 hours. This should bring it into our area on Wednesday.

Regardless of development, this wave, in combination with an upper-level trough, could produce one to two inches of rainfall, with isolated higher amounts of three inches in moderate to heavy showers. Winds are currently predicted to range between 20 to 30 mph, with higher gusts near showers.

Members of the public are again advised to listen for updates. The next one will be at noon or sooner if conditions warrant. (PR/SAT)

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