Tropical Depression Likely By Early Next Week

Miami, Fla. (970 WFLA)- Forecasters are keeping watch over a large and complex area of disturbed weather, associated with a broad low pressure system, that  extends from about 400 miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands to about 600 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. 

Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for gradual consolidation and development, and a tropical depression is likely to form by early next week over the eastern or central tropical Atlantic Ocean. 

This system is forecast to move toward the west or west-northwest at 10 to 15 mph for the next several days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

2. A strong tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms.   Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development by Sunday over the western Caribbean Sea and by early next week over the Bay of Campeche while the disturbance moves westward or west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph.  

This system could produce brief heavy rainfall and gusty winds over Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao tonight and Friday.  

* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...20 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.

Graphic Credit: NHC

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