The Antigua & Barbuda Meteorological Services and the Department of Disaster Management are monitoring a number of weather events especially an approaching tropical wave and an area of disturbed weather in the far eastern Atlantic.
The approaching tropical wave is projected to be in the vicinity of the Virgin Islands around Monday or early next week, increasing the chance of more showers. This system will be monitored for any sudden changes.
We are also keeping an eye on another area of disturbed weather located along longitude 25 degrees west and moving west near 20 mph. Gradual development of this system is possible as it tracks west to west-northwest. It has a 30 percent chance of development. If the system were to reach the Lesser Antilles, it would take about 7 days to do so. Most of our model data suggest it will track north of the islands. However, it remains too early to determine whether or not it will miss the islands to the north.
Meantime, Invest 99L is along longitude 68 degrees west. It is about 300 miles north of Hispaniola. The system has been moving to the west-northwest over the last few days. However, a more northerly track is expected by Sunday. The disturbance has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or tropical storm by early next week. This is will be the final update on Invest 99L as it continues to move away from the Territory.
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 (bviddm.com) 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.
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