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Met officials monitoring weather systems


Met officials monitoring weather systems

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THE BARBADOS METEOROLOGICAL Services is currently monitoring the progress of a series of low pressure systems over the Atlantic.

Of immediate interest is the system closest to us which was centred about 700 miles east of the Lesser Antilles at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

At present, model guidance is suggesting some slow development is possible over the next few days as it tracks westward at 17 to 23 mph.

Regardless of development, some moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain, scattered thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds are likely to spread across Barbados by tomorrow afternoon into early Friday.

Rainfall accumulations of one to two inches (25 – 50mm) are possible with the passage of the system.

Due to the already saturated nature of the soils a Flood Watch or Warning may be required at short notice.

 Marine conditions are also expected to deteriorate with sea swells increasing to 2.0 – 2.5 metres.

With respect to the other two systems over the Atlantic, these are expected to track to the west-northwest over the open waters and away from the island chain, the first around Saturday night or Sunday and the other Monday night or Tuesday respectively. (PR)