WEATHER – This afternoon: Partly cloudy to cloudy, slight haze and breezy with isolated showers possible. Tonight through Wednesday midday:
Generally cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Forecast High: 32°C / 90°F Forecast Low: 27°C / 81°F
Sunset Today: 6:31 P.M. Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:57 A.M.
This afternoon through Wednesday midday: East-northeast to southeast with a gentle to moderate breeze of 08 to 16 miles per hour. SYNOPSIS: Tropical Storm Dorian is beginning to affect the local area. Cloudiness will increase along with the chances of shower activity and isolated thunderstorms from late this afternoon/early tonight.
These conditions will linger at least through Wednesday as Dorian continues to move farther west away from our shores. Some of these showers could be heavy at times, resulting in some street flooding and/or rock slides in vulnerable areas. Seas are expected to remain slight to moderate through the next few days, with waves peaking near 6 feet. STATE OF THE SEA: Slight to Moderate WAVES/SWELLS: 4 to 6 feet
SPECIAL FEATURE: At 11:00 am today, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located about 285 miles south of St. Maarten, moving toward the west-northwest near 13mph. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian is expected to move through the eastern and northeastern Caribbean Sea during the next few days.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Dorian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola. The center of Tropical Storm Dorian is projected to pass about 175 miles southwest of St. Maarten early Wednesday, and thus poses no significant threat.
The Meteorological Department of St. Maarten will continue to monitor this system and keep the public updated accordingly.
OUTLOOK through Thursday midday: Partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated showers.