Caribbean: Active tropical wave to cause heavy showers, thunderstorms

Widespread rain periods, heavy showers with thunderstorms affected mainly the Windwards.

Caribbean: Active tropical wave to cause heavy showers, thunderstorms
Caribbean: Active tropical wave to cause heavy showers, thunderstorms

Weather: Active tropical wave has been impacting the Lesser Antilles since early Thursday. Widespread rain periods, heavy showers with thunderstorms affected mainly the Windwards. There were also gusty winds reaching as high as 50mph in Barbados.

The tropical wave will continue to produce rain periods, occasional heavy showers tonight in the Windwards. By tomorrow drier air filters in and few showers are expected except for the southern islands. A ridge of high pressure will be pushing strong trade winds next few days

The weather is fairly quiet for now so met services has been taking a break from updates. Met Services are monitoring the northwest Caribbean and the southern Gulf of Mexico Bay of Campeche (BOC) for development.

Tropical Storm Philippe was located near 840 km south of Bermuda. Philippe is moving north at 22 km/h. Maximum winds are 65 km/h.

No significant changes in the forecast. Abundant available moisture and an unstable atmosphere could combine with the daytime heating to produce a few brief showers over parts of the island with also risk of an isolated thunderstorm.

Temperatures are now a bit smoother than the last few weeks but It’s still advised to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat related complications.

Marine conditions: Smooth seas are in place on the protected sites. Smooth to slight seas are noted on the south sites. Smooth seas are in place over the east to northwest coastal sections with seas in the range of 2 to 3 feet along these coastal regions.

Seas can build temporarily during possible thunderstorms. It is therefore advised to boaters to avoid areas with showers and or thundershowers.

The National Hurricane Center declared Philippe post-tropical this morning. The system is too entangled with an upper weather feature, and no longer has tropical characteristics. With him out, there are no active storms in the basin.

Fun fact, TS Philippe spent 14 days as a tropical storm, the longest streak in basin history for a storm that never became a hurricane. Philippe’s remnants will bring heavy rain to New England this weekend.