Barbados is expected to be pounded by heavy showers this weekend.
In a special weather bulletin issued today, the Barbados Meteorological Services said this was the predicted result of a tropical wave that was headed toward the island.
Met officials said they were monitoring an area of low pressure, centred near 10 degrees North and 55 degrees West, associated with an approaching tropical wave about 300 miles to the east of Barbados. They said showers and thunderstorms had become better organised during the past 12 hours, and some gradual development was possible as the system moved over the Eastern Caribbean tomorrow.
The meteorologists explained that the wave had already started to affect Barbados and would continue to spread cloudiness and occasional showers across the island over the next few days. Some pockets of moderate to heavy showers, scattered thunderstorms and gusty winds were likely to occur during the weekend, forecasters added.
Sea swells will range between 2.5 and 3.0 metres into the weekend, thus small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution. The department has promised to continue to monitor the progress of the system and issue further statements if necessary.
This system, it explained, is not related to Tropical Depression 16, which formed to the east-northeast of the Bahamas today. (EJ)