Forecasters at the Antigua & Barbuda Meteorological Services are monitoring two tropical waves in the area. The first is expected to affect the Territory later today (Monday August 14) creating an unstable environment with a chance of scattered showers and a chance of a thunderstorm developing this afternoon.
The second wave however, has the potential to be a bit more active and may create more thunderstorms and showers later this week.
A large area of low pressure and a tropical wave are moving west at 15 mph. Forecasters think one of these systems will become more dominant and absorb the other. Therefore, they will likely become one system. At this time, forecasters’ think the low pressure has the better chance of becoming the dominant system. It has a 50 percent chance of development.
If both systems are combined the system is expected to track west to west-northwest over the next 5-7 days. During the Friday-Sunday time frame, it is expected to either enter the eastern Caribbean or pass just north of the Lesser Antilles. The uncertainty regarding which system becomes dominant is making it more difficult to track.
Residents are advised to monitor these systems closely as they have the potential for 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 (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.