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Rainy long weekend

Published 16th June 2017, 7:28pm


16th June 2017

Radar images show widely scattered showers affecting the Cayman area. This area of cloudiness and shower activity is emanating from a broad area of low pressure over the S W. Caribbean which comprises of the interaction of a surface trough over the Yucatan and the proximity of a tropical wave to the south of Grand Cayman and over Honduras/Nicaragua. Models indicate that there is a potential for this broad area of low pressure to become slightly better organized throughout the weekend and which may result in continued cloudy to overcast skies with frequent showers, possibly heavy at times accompanied by thunder and lightning through Monday.

Models are projecting 1.5 to 2 inches of rainfall per day over the next three days, with intense occasional downpours associated with thunderstorms. The intensity of these downpours will increase the potential of flooding of low-lying areas. Residents in these areas should take precautionary measures to prevent any damages. Winds are expected to come from the Southeast with speeds of 20 to 25 with higher gusts expected especially in and around thunderstorms. Seas are expected to be moderate to rough with wave heights of 4 to 6 feet initially and become very rough with wave heights 6 to 8 feet by Sunday. Small craft should exercise caution over open waters and a marine warning could potentially be issued for Sunday.