Hot and Sunny Saturday


Above normal afternoon temperatures are expected to affect the Virgin Islands today as tranquil weather conditions prevail with one or two passing showers. Winds are forecast from the east to east-southeast today.
Across the regional waters, marine conditions will remain relatively quiet with two to four foot seas and east to southeast winds of 5-15 knots (7-18 miles per hour). There is a moderate risk of rip currents for some beaches across the north and east coast of St. Croix.

There are several active weather systems to the east of the Virgin Islands. One in particular (#2 below) should be carefully monitored as it could be a developing tropical weather system when in passes near the Lesser Antilles next week.

1. A fast-moving tropical wave is located about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.  This system is producing limited shower activity, and development, if any, should be slow to occur during the next couple of days while the wave moves quickly westward across the tropical Atlantic.  Conditions could be a little more conducive for
development in a few days when the wave moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea. There is a 20 percent chance of development through five days.

2. Another tropical wave is located about 600 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Gradual development of this system is possible during the next several days, and a tropical depression could form early next week while it moves westward across the tropical Atlantic. There is a 60% chance of storm formation through five days.

3. An area of disturbed weather is located between the two previously mentioned tropical waves, about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.  This disturbance may merge with the tropical wave
approaching from the east over the weekend.  However, some development of this system is possible through early next week as long as it remains a distinct system.  The disturbance is forecast to move slowly westward.
There is a 20 percent chance of development through five days

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