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UPDATE: Met Office monitors two tropical waves


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UPDATE: Met Office monitors two tropical waves

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The Barbados Meteorological Services continues to closely monitor the progress of two tropical waves in the central Atlantic.

However, there are currently no watches or warnings in effect for Barbados.

Tropical wave #16: 
The first tropical wave was located near 51W at 5 p.m. today, which is approximately 570 miles (920 kilometres) to the east of Barbados. This system remains disorganised due to unsupportive surrounding environmental conditions.

The Met Office said further development of this system is likely to be slow as it tracks westward to west-northwestward at 40km/h (or 25mph).

On its current forecast track, the relatively strong wind field is expected to pass north of Barbados on Wednesday afternoon. Total rainfall accumulations of one to two inches with isolated higher amounts are possible across Barbados during the next 36 hours.

Tropical wave #17
: The second tropical wave was located near 36/37W with an associated broad area of low pressure centred near 8.4N 36.4W or about 1605 miles (2585 kilometres) to the east of Barbados at 5 p.m.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with this feature have become better organised throughout the day and some slow development of this system is possible as it tracks westward at 35 km/h (or 22mph).

Regardless of development, this system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and gusty winds across Barbados and the southern Windwards by Friday afternoon.

The public is urged to monitor the progress of both of these systems over the next few days and stay alert for updates from the BMS.

The next update will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, or sooner if conditions warrant. (PR)