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Double trouble: 2 tropical waves to monitor in Atlantic Basin

After a calm week, things are heating up again in the Atlantic Basin. We’re now watching two areas of interest.

The first is the tropical wave we’ve been monitoring for a few days now. This area is still producing a wide array of showers and storms this morning and a low-pressure system is expected to form in this region in a day or so.

Conditions are expected to be favorable for development and a tropical depression is likely to form over the weekend in the northwest Caribbean Sea or the extreme southern Gulf of Mexico. Interests in Belize, the Yucatan Peninsula, and western Cuba should monitor the progress of this disturbance.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 80% chance of development.

A second tropical wave a couple hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized showers and widespread cloud cover. This disturbance is expected to slowly move west over the next few days where environmental conditions will be marginally conducive.

Right now, the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 30% chance of development. The next storm name on the list is Gamma, followed by Delta.


LOCAL FORECAST

Temperatures this afternoon will remain below normal with highs capping in the mid-upper 80s. Feels like temperatures will be around the same.

We will see a few scattered showers throughout the afternoon and evening. An isolated thunderstorm or two is possible as well. Conditions will improve after the sunsets tonight, leaving partly to mostly cloudy skies but dry overnight.

By Friday, a reinforcing shot of drier air is on the way with a second cold front moving toward Southwest Florida.

This front will briefly dry us out and cool us down heading into the weekend. Enjoy!

Reporter:Brittany Van Voorhees
Greg Rule
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