The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two areas which could develop this week:
NHC’s 2 p.m. EDT update shows:
1. A broad area of low pressure and an associated tropical wave are producing showers and thunderstorms several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some slow development of this system is possible during the next several days while the low moves westward across the central tropical Atlantic Ocean.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…40 percent.
2. A large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms located a few hundred miles north and northeast of the northern Leeward Islands is associated with a trough of low pressure. Strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent the development of this system during the next few days while it moves west-northwestward to the north of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. By mid week, environmental conditions could become more conducive for development when the disturbance reaches the southwestern Atlantic Ocean.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…20 percent.