(CMR) A broad area of low pressure is expected to form over the southwestern Caribbean Sea in the next few days, the National Hurricane Center has reported.
Environmental conditions appear favorable for additional development of this system thereafter, and a tropical depression is likely to form later this week while the system begins moving northeastward across the western and central portions of the Caribbean Sea, the NHC stated.
Interests in Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic are encouraged to monitor the progress of this system. Regardless of development, this system has the potential to produce heavy rains over portions of the Caribbean coast of Central America and the Greater Antilles towards to latter portions of this week.
Meantime, the Cayman Islands National Weather Center said moderate to fresh northeasterly winds and moderate to rough seas is expected for the next 24 hours due to a tight pressure gradient across the northwest Caribbean. Satellite images show isolated low-level clouds across the Cayman area.
Partly cloudy skies with cloudy spells and a 40% chance of showers and some thunder were expected today, with temperatures in the upper 80’s °F. Winds will be east to northeast 15 to 20 knots. Seas will be moderate to rough with wave heights of 4 to 6 feet. Small crafts should exercise caution over open waters.
Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy with cloudy spells and a 40% chance of late-night showers and some thunder. Temperatures will fall to the upper 70’s °F. Winds will be east to northeast 15 to 20 knots. Seas will be moderate to rough with wave heights of 4 to 6 feet. Small crafts should exercise caution over open waters.
Tomorrow is also expected to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with a 60% chance of showers and some thunder. Showers may become locally heavy at times. Temperatures will rise to the upper 80’s °F. Winds will be east to northeast at 10 to 15 knots. Seas will be moderate, with wave heights of 3 to 5 feet.
An increased chance of showers and a decrease in winds and seas are expected as an upper-level trough moves over the northwest Caribbean, and a broad area of low pressure over the southwest Caribbean slowly drifts north.