August 15, 20172694Views

Forecasters at the Antigua & Barbuda Meteorological Services continue to monitor a number of tropical waves in the Atlantic.

In their latest forecast, they have indicated that a tropical wave coupled with brisk trade winds is expected to affect the territory on Wednesday (August 16) into Thursday (August 17) once again creating the potential for an unstable environment resulting in cloudy skies, showers and thunderstorms.

A second tropical wave will likely cause similar weather starting Friday night into Saturday. Some showers within both systems could be heavy at times.

Other Disturbances

There are two other disturbances in the Atlantic being monitored by several weather forecasting agencies.

 Disturbance 1 is located near 13.5N, 41.5W and remains disorganized. There is a 30 percent chance it could develop over the next seven days as it continues to move westward at 15 to 20 mph. Some slow development is possible before it moves into the Caribbean Sea. Regardless of development, it will produce an increase in showers and thunderstorms across the Lesser Antilles on Friday into Saturday.

Disturbance 2 is located near latitude 13.5 north, longitude 31.0 west. The disturbance has become better organized today. It is forecast to move west to west North West over the next few days. Disturbance 2 is projected to pass to the north of the Lesser Antilles. The chance of development has increased to near 40 percent over the next seven days.

Residents are advised to monitor these systems closely as they have the potential to affect the territory.

There is also another tropical wave in the over western Africa which is forecast to emerge over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday. Current conditions are reported to be conducive for some development.

The DDM will continue to monitor these weather systems and provide updates when they become available.

Please continue to monitor local media stations, DDM’s website ( and Facebook at BVIDDM for regular updates.

Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.

Image credited to National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration