Scattered storms will continue into the weekend

Tropical wave possible next week

An overnight storm Tuesday night off North West Point in West Bay gave residents a good light show. - PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

Showers and thunderstorms will likely continue into the weekend, National Weather Service forecasters predict, and the system bringing those storms could be pushed out by a tropical wave early next week.

Meteorologist Shamal Clarke said he expects scattered storms to build up overnight Friday into Saturday.

Mr. Clarke said the National Weather Service is watching a tropical wave to the east. “We will have another buildup Monday as a tropical wave moves into the area,” he said.

Prediction models show the tropical system could bring showers and thunderstorms to the islands. But, he said, “It might not last, it could break up and fall apart.”

Possible storms form in Atlantic

Forecasters in Cayman and at the National Hurricane Center in the United States are watching two more tropical systems form in the Atlantic, headed west toward the Caribbean.

The first system, about 1,700 miles east of the Leeward Islands, has a 30 percent chance of turning into a cyclone over the next five days, according to U.S. forecasters.

The National Hurricane Center forecast notes, “Environmental conditions are expected to be somewhat conducive for development this weekend when the disturbance could be near the northern Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico.”

The second system is off Africa, about 350 miles south-southeast of Cabo Verde. The National Hurricane Center gives the system, still far away on the other side of the Atlantic, a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next five days, when it will be in the middle of the ocean.

In its forecast, the Miami-based Hurricane Center states, “Some development of this disturbance is possible during the next few days while it moves westward or west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. However, environmental conditions are expected to become less conducive for development early next week when the system is over the central tropical Atlantic Ocean.